Editor's note

Canadian physicist Donna Strickland added a Nobel Prize to her CV before she applied for a promotion. RMIT economist Leonora Risse wanted to know if there was any statistical evidence that women generally need higher credentials than men to be promoted at work. Her research calculates that, compared to those who scale the career ladder the easiest, most of us have “over-invested” in the skills and capabilities needed to perform our jobs. But while men over-invest by up to 4%, women over-invest by up to 11%.

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Existing evidence points to women’s greater accumulation of credentials being due to implicit biases woven throughout workplace dynamics. Shutterstock

The gender qualification gap: women ‘over-invest’ in workplace capabilities

Leonora Risse, RMIT University

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