by Ed Ng and Willi Wiesner
Women are breaking into traditionally male-dominated fields and shattering glass ceilings. Yet old stereotypes die hard, particularly in occupations traditionally associated with one gender. Care, however, has to be shown when addressing this problem because strong equity statements may disadvantage women, to the benefit of men.
In an experiment comparing hiring procedures in the police (a male dominated field) and in nursing (a female dominated field), we tested if men are always preferred over women when it comes to hiring and how much gender equity statements designed to balance the scales make a difference.