The notion that men are intellectually superior to women remains lodged in our collective psyches. New research offers evidence that this bias has pernicious real-world consequences.

A new study finds that women are less likely to be referred to employers as promising potential hires if the position in question is said to require a particularly smart person.

“Despite the objective evidence of women’s intellectual and professional accomplishments, it seems that their ability to make intellectual contributions is still not seen as being on par with men’s,” writes a research team led by Cornell University psychologist Lin Bian.

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