Men and Things, Women and People: A Meta-Analysis of Sex Differences in Interests

Source: Iowa State University

  • Results showed that men prefer working with things and women prefer working with people, producing a large effect size on the Things–People dimension. The study suggests that interests may play a critical role in gendered occupational choices and gender disparity in the STEM fields.
  • Men showed stronger Realistic and Investigative interests. Sex differences favoring men were also found for more specific measures of engineering, science, and mathematics interests.
  • Women showed stronger Artistic, Social, and Conventional interests.