Are the biased letters of recommendation, a reason why women are still seriously underrepresented in experimental particle physics, in a single 15 percent of the Field Faculty? A new study does not suggest.

The new document, published in open access format, includes some other interesting findings that challenge the literature existing in the language of gender in letters of recommendation.

"When we analyze the cards of the female authorship versus the letters authorized by men written on the exact candidates, we have not found evidence of biases against women," said co-author Wendy M. Williams, professor of Psychology at Cornell University. "Surprisingly, we discovered that women were really described as" bright "three times more often than men were."

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