Skepchick Quickies 10.24


Amanda works in healthcare, is a loudmouthed feminist, and proud supporter of the Oxford comma.

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  1. So, one of the tropes I think comes out of the anti-woman crowd is that the differences between women’s careers, pay, and advancement and those of men have to do with family and childrearing, not any gender bias inherent in the system. Reading the Nature editorial, I wonder how much of that may actually be attributable to the effect sexism and misogyny has on women’s perception of the value of their chosen career and continued participation in it.

    1. I remember reading somewhere that as more women become physicians, physician salaries become lower relative to the general population. Conversely, as more men become nurses, the relative salary increases. I have no data to support this but anecdotally, OBs make SIGNIFICANTLY less (often times half) of what they made 15 years ago. In the same time, it’s gone from a field dominated by men to one with a very strong female majority. I don’t buy the “women choose less lucrative fields” argument. I think fields become devalued as women join them.

  2. Amanda,

    That study with the dogs following the robot is rather interesting. I didn’t think the robots were creepy through, I just thought they were kind of funny looking. Odd, but not creepy.

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