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Diana E. Betz, Laura R. Ramsey & Denise Sekaquaptewa

In: The SAGE Handbook of Gender and Psychology

Chapter 26: Gender Stereotype Threat among Women and Girls

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Gender Stereotype Threat among Women and Girls
Gender Stereotype Threat among Women and Girls
Diana E. BetzLaura R. RamseyDenise Sekaquaptewa
Introduction

Can the mere existence of gender stereotypes undermine women and girls, even when women and menseem to be treated the same? Are women held back by subtle reminders of gendered expectations,despite comprising the majority of American college students? To address these questions, we examinethe well-established and broad-reaching field of stereotype threat research.

Stereotype threat occurs when a situation raises concern that one will be judged in terms ofgroup stereotypes (Steele, 2010). This can affect all kinds of people in many situations, but itsimpact on women’s underrepresentation in mathematics and science fields is of particularimportance. Stereotype threat research makes us rethink the way we frame gender gaps in ...

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