Webinar on the Gender-Equality Paradox

The Gender-Equality Paradox is the finding that gender differences in various psychological traits, preferences, and social behaviors—not least connected with the gender gap in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics-related occupations—are larger in countries that score higher on various measures of gender equality.

. While empirical evidence of this cross-cultural variation can be found in abundance, there are ongoing debates concerning the nature of causality, measurement, and wider theoretical implications.

This webinar is intended to provide a broad overview of current research and theory development, and to foster dialogue between different disciplines and perspectives. It will cover the Gender-Equality Paradox in a broad sense, with several short presentations from scholars who engage with different aspects related to the topic (see below).

The event will take place online, January 19, 2023, 14.00—16.30 CET, and is organized by the Department of Sociology, Umeå University, together with the Comparative Research Center Sweden and the Swedish Association for Gender Research.

Warmly welcome!

Mikael Goossen & Filip Fors Connolly


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Anu Realo

Professor at the Department of Psychology, University of Warwick

Arij Yehya

PhD student at the Department of Psychology, University of Warwick

Sarah S. Richardson

Professor of the History of Science and of Studies of Women, Gender and Sexuality, Harvard University

Gijsbert Stoet

Professor at the Department of Psychology, University of Essex

Mathias Berggren

PhD student at the Department of Psychology, Uppsala University

Petri Kajonius

Personality researcher at the Department of Psychology, Lund University

Anton Andersson

Personality researcher at the department of psychology, Lund University

Guy Madison

Professor at the Department of Psychology, Umeå University

Charlotta Stern

Professor at the Department of Sociology, Stockholm University




Speakers Title

Mikael Goossen / Filip Fors Connolly



Gijsbert Stoet


The surprising total failure of social role models to explain the gender equality paradox in occupational interest

Sarah S. Richardson


Just So’ Stories About Women In STEM

Anton Andersson / Petri Kajonius


Gender-Equality Paradox and Mahalanobis Multidimensional differences

Arij Yehya / Anu Realo


Within-country variation in men’s and women’s personality traits as a function of economic development: Evidence from Germany, Russia, and the United States

 Guy Madison / Charlotta Stern

The sexual paradox implies psychological trait differences – methods for separating biological and social sources of sex differences, and what they say.

Mathias Berggren


Gender Equality, Cultural Distance, and Data quality: A re-examination of the Gender-Equality Paradox