The Power of Words (in references)

Does gender unintentionally affect reference writing, and how much affect does that have upon careers? The 2009 work to which I am referring (by J. Madera, M. Hebl and R. Martin in the Journal of Applied Psychology) considered letters of reference written for academics, looking at common adjectives used to describe men and women, and explored how these letters - and the words used - affected the actual hiring decisions. In general, women were more likely…