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Publications [#351502] of Ashleigh S. Rosette

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  1. Koval, CZ; Rosette, AS, The Natural Hair Bias in Job Recruitment, Social Psychological and Personality Science, vol. 12 no. 5 (July, 2021), pp. 741-750 [doi]
    (last updated on 2023/03/30)

    Across four studies, we demonstrate a bias against Black women with natural hairstyles in job recruitment. In Study 1, participants evaluated profiles of Black and White female job applicants across a variety of hairstyles. We found that Black women with natural hairstyles were perceived to be less professional, less competent, and less likely to be recommended for a job interview than Black women with straightened hairstyles and White women with either curly or straight hairstyles. We replicated these findings in a controlled experiment in Study 2. In Study 3A and 3B, we found Black women with natural hairstyles received more negative evaluations when they applied for a job in an industry with strong dress norms. Taken together, this article advances the research on biases in the labor market in the age of social media use and highlights the importance of taking an intersectional approach when studying inequity in the workplace.

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