"Why You Should Hire Women Over Men, According to Science"

Article here. Excerpt:

'Care about your bottom line? Then you should preferably hire women rather than men.

This is true regardless of whether you factor in diversity considerations. Separately from the beneficial financial, social, and cultural impact of having a diverse workforce, hiring women over men makes dollars and sense.

You might be surprised to hear someone who is a man say that. Well, don’t be. I always go with research-based findings from cognitive neuroscience and behavioral economics, even if the conclusions of these studies go against my own identity.

And the research is clear. There’s no doubt that women – just because of their sex – are held back from career advancement compared to men.'

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I love how in this article they cherry picked two or three studies whose results were opposite what the vast majority of research on these topics usually find. Because these studies are clearly outliers, the information should be taken with a grain of salt--or the whole salt shaker.

The conclusions the author comes to are specious at best. They rely on correlation = causation mentality, when there are other factors at play. For instance, companies with more diversified boards of directors tend to be larger companies which are more successful to begin with. This may explain why they do better compared to other companies.

It's like how men are likelier to get into car accidents than women. It's not because men are worse drivers; men actually get into fewer accidents per distance driven. It's because men drive more overall. The goof who wrote this article would believe that hiring only women drivers for a trucking company would reduce accidents.

Unfortunately, most people fail to develop this level of logic. Hence, why they're so easy to manipulate using statistics.

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The author also refers to studies in which women reported discrimination more often than men. It appears that discrimination was likely defined as anything the respondent perceived as such.

Seeing that women grow up in a society that teaches them to see everything from air conditioning to urinals in men's rooms as sexist, it seems inevitable they would report "discrimination" more often than men, or be likelier to suspect it where it does not exist.

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