By Valentina Zarya

This could help to explain why  female engineers are often relegated to doing managerial and secretarial tasks while their male peers do the “real” engineering work (and get the credit for it).

The results of this bias may be a factor in the gigantic gender gap in patenting. According to a July analysis by the  Institute for Women’s Policy Research , women held fewer than one in five patents in 2010. And the numbers are even worse when it comes to women as primary inventors: just 8%.

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