Kids Are Now More Likely to Imagine Women as Scientists Than They Were 50 Years Ago

Please draw a scientist.

What indicates their profession? An Erlenmeyer flask and a microscope? A lab coat and protective goggles? Their gender?

A social experiment conducted since the 1960s asks children to participate in the same exercise. Researchers from Northwestern University collected 78 similar studies that included drawings from 20,000 kids and analyzed them.

The results, published Tuesday in Child Development, showed that 28% of children in recent studies (conducted between 1985...

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