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Research Finds No Evidence That "Stereotype Threat" Affects Women's Mathematical Abilities

Research Finds No Evidence That “Stereotype Threat” Affects Women’s Mathematical Abilities

The theory of stereotype threat says that when women are made aware of negative stereotypes about women’s abilities in science and mathematics, this alone can hinder women’s performance in STEM subjects. But a recent study, led by Charlotte R. Pennington of the University of the West of England in Bristol, provides evidence that this is not so.