Rutgers researchers say gender bias corresponding to certain occupations are prevalent on digital and social media platforms. The study, published in the Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, finds that online images of men and women in four professions—librarian, nurse, computer programmer, and civil engineer—tend to represent and reinforce existing gender stereotypes. Rutgers researchers analyzed search results on four digital media platforms (Twitter, NYTimes.com, Wikipedia, and Shutterstock) and compared them with the gender representation of each occupation in the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
EurekAlert! Feb. 3