Biology textbooks still lack diversity

A study on university textbooks found the figures and perspective presented were overwhelmingly white. Credit: brewbooks

Textbooks used in university biology classes continue to predominantly represent white men, even though multiple other sources have begun to acknowledge the advancements women and people of color have made in science. While textbooks are gradually showing more diversity, at this pace, it would take 500 years for the ratio of representation of Black scientists in these books to catch up to the ratio of Black university students. Researchers also found the textbooks were often written from a white person’s perspective. For example, a section might describe the chemical process for making straight hair curly rather than making curly hair straight, even though both chemical treatments fundamentally uses the same science.

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