Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences

Date of Last Revision

2023-05-08 17:06:00



Honors Course


Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2023


Gender roles are a social construct ingrained in American culture. Stemming from this problem is the femininity versus competency bind. This means that women in the workplace are seen as either feminine or competent, but never both. The purpose of this study was to determine whether the perceived deficit is due to gender expression or biological sex. Additionally, the project examined the masculine of policework and the neutral profession of teaching. Participants were assigned to one of four conditions (feminine woman, masculine woman, feminine man, and masculine man) in which they rated a potential hire for a police precinct or teaching district on their hirability. They also completed the Genderism and Transphobia scale as well as the Male Role Norms Inventory to highlight any biases they might have. Gender conformity and biological sex were hypothesized to interact in the policework condition so that masculine men were the most hirable. In the teaching profession, gender conformity and biological sex will not impact the job applicant’s hirability. The results showed no statistical significance for either hypothesis with the low number of participants.

Research Sponsor

Toni Bisconti

First Reader

Charles Waehler

Second Reader

Jennifer Stanley

Honors Faculty Advisor

Toni Bisconti

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