For the study, Ohio State submitted applications to entry level positions for imaginary job seekers. Men received calls back at approximately the same rate, regardless of their GPA but women with higher GPAs were less likely to get a call back, according to the study.
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“We like to think that we’ve progressed past gender inequality, but it’s still there. The study suggests that women who didn’t spend a lot of time on academics but are ‘intelligent enough’ have an advantage over women who excel in school,” said researcher Natasha Quadlin, an assistant professor of sociology at Ohio State.
Quadlin’s study will appear in the April edition of the journal “American Sociological Review,” according to Ohio State.