Men overestimate intelligence in science class, study shows.

A new study found that men in STEM subject areas overestimate their own intelligence and credentials, underestimate the abilities of female colleagues, and that as a result, women themselves doubt their abilities — even when hard evidence such as grades say otherwise. 

By any definition, Gwen Pearson is pretty smart. She’s got a Ph.D in entomology and she is now a science writer and education coordinator.  

But she remembers how often she was told she wasn’t good enough, simply because she was female.

“As a graduate student, a fellow male student said, to my face, that he had no idea how I was admitted to the program because I clearly wasn’t smart enough to be there,” Pearson recalls.

Women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers have countless similar stories.

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