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You’ve come a long way, baby — women are now considered as competent as men

Time’s up on the competence gap.

Women are now viewed as competent as men or even more competent, according to a new study from the American Psychological Association. Researchers performed a meta-analysis of 16 national public-opinion polls from 1946 to 2018, capturing responses from 30,093 U.S. adults.

“Challenging traditional claims that stereotypes of women and men are fixed or rigid, our study joins others in finding stereotypes to be flexible to changes in social roles,” lead study author Alice Eagly, a Northwestern University psychology professor, said in a statement. “As the roles of women and men have changed since the mid-20th century, so have beliefs about their attributes.

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