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The Color of Glass

In the context of the metaphor of glass ceilings receiving much press currently in US politics, I was reminded of an interesting article I read a few years ago - "Exploring the Color of Glass: Letters of Recommendation for Female and Male Medical Faculty." The article by Frances Trix and Carolyn Psenka from Wayne Sate University can be found at http://das.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/14/2/191. After reviewing "300 letters of recommendation for medical faculty at a large American medical school in the mid-1990s", the authors provide evidence for language disparity in recommendation letters, which can influence decision makers. I think this is useful reading for those who are seeking recommendation letters, those who write recommendation letters as well as those who review recommendation letters.

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