by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
A $4 million federal study claims that perfume and female clothing can “strongly trigger gendered assumptions” that can prevent women from becoming cardiologists.
The National Institutes of Health is funding research on whether there is bias against women in the government’s peer review grant making process. Results produced by Dr. Molly Carnes, a woman, have concluded that women are at a disadvantage in receiving federal funding for their research. Carnes is the director of the University of Wisconsin’s Center for Women’s Health Research.
One such paper, published in February, is entitled “Women Are Less Likely Than Men to Be Full Professors in Cardiology: Why Does This Happen and How Can We Fix It?”
The paper was funded by an NIH study that has received $3,927,208 since 2013, including $696,995 this year.
The paper argues that wearing perfume can disadvantage female heart doctors, and men who wear white coats and carry a stethoscope “could foster gender bias.”
“Trivial amounts of information (eg, the male or female name or picture on an application) bring unbidden the stereotype to mind,” Carnes and co-author C. Noel Bairey Merz, the director of the Women’s Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. “Once activated, these stereotypes disadvantage women being evaluated for or in top leadership/high-status/technical roles.”
The paper also claims tall men have an advantage to becoming leaders in the cardiology field.