I dare you.
Based on surveys of 828 STEM students, the professors conclude that female students believe they work harder than their male classmates for similar grades, indicating that “women’s higher perceived effort levels are not rewarded.”
Female students’ sense of self-efficacy is strongly predicted by grades, the professors note, fretting that this may discourage students sense of motivation to stay in STEM.
“These findings support the notion that grade discouragement leads to within-semester motivational declines…
The solution is to stop the sexist policy of grading on actual achievement, and give women in STEM the high grades they feel entitled to (emphasis mine):
…they propose that “science educators could redistribute grades more akin to non-STEM disciplines to increase STEM retention.”
Related: Going through the motions.