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Marketplace

Quiz: Can you spot gendered language in job ads?

Danielle Chiriguayo Jun 1, 2018
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When employers are crafting job ads, they might already have an idea of the type of individual they want to fill their position. But these preconceived notions can lead to a “form of bias that produces more male candidates or more female candidates.

Do you think you can spot gendered language? Check out some excerpts from real job listings below and see if you can tell if they are masculine- or feminine-coded.

Company names have been removed for anonymity purposes. Results for this quiz are based on the Gender Decoder for Job Ads, a linguistics based tool inspired by “Evidence That Gendered Wording in Job Advertisements Exists and Sustains Gender Inequality” from the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

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