How does gender biased wording in job descriptions perpetuate gender inequality in the workforce?
Five male dominated industries, five female dominated industries and 5,000 postings in total were assessed to determine their level of gender bias. Read below for the results of this assessment and learn about the ways gendered wording in a job description can alter job appeal for a woman, and her perceived sense of belonging in that role.
Male dominated industries (Financial Services, Computer Software, Aviation & Aerospace, Construction, and Security & Investigations) have a higher masculine-gendered word ratio
Most female dominated industries (Human Resources, Design & Graphics, Veterinary, and Environmental Services) have a higher feminine-gendered word ratio
Industries in the "female dominant" category skew towards the right, indicating that feminine gendered words are extremely prevalent in job descriptions within those industries
Industries in the "male dominant" category skew towards the left, indicating that masculine gendered words predominate
The word count for masculine wording is much higher than the word count for feminine wording across the 5,000 job descriptions that were scraped and analyzed
The most frequently used masculine gendered root word "skill" is used over twice as much as the most frequently used feminine root word "response"
Masculine words are used more frequently across the board. Only 36% of the 50 most frequently used words are feminine