According to Wikipedia, the gender-equality paradox is the finding that various gender differences in personality and occupational choice are larger in more gender-equal countries.

When looking for more information about this, most of the articles accessible for the general public seem to boil down to "gender stereotypes", "unconscious biases" and "insufficient public policy to address the gap" etc., without providing many details or scientific references.

This rather old short documentary discusses the specific case of Norway, one of the most egalitarian countries in the world. It tries to provide possible explanations for the gender-equality paradox in Norway, and the main causes can be grouped as follows:

  • there are virtually only social causes (example at timestamp 8:30)
  • biological differences are a very important cause (examples at 14:50 and 19:50). Thus, on average a man's aspirations are different from a woman's, especially when they have maximum freedom.

Some of the scientists in the movie refer to "cutting edge" studies, but those studies are at least 9 years old. I am wondering how much the biological / brain development arguments are still valid from a scientific perspective.

  • $\begingroup$ Could it be as simple as wanting something you can't have more than you would want it if you could have it? Or fear of "letting the side down" if you eventually realize it was a bad choice? $\endgroup$ Dec 15, 2021 at 14:38
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    $\begingroup$ has some ressources psychology.stackexchange.com/questions/23642/… $\endgroup$ Dec 16, 2021 at 13:43
  • $\begingroup$ A lot of people use the term "neuroscience" when they actually mean "psychology" - are you really interested in the neuroscience of gender equality (eg, brain scans), or are you just interested in the nature vs nurture debate about this topic? $\endgroup$
    – Arnon Weinberg
    Dec 24, 2021 at 0:41
  • $\begingroup$ @ArnonWeinberg Any perspective is welcomed, as long as it is backed up by a scientific approach. $\endgroup$
    – Alexei
    Dec 24, 2021 at 4:01


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