Quick: Do you feel Title IX has increased opportunities for women in academic science as much as it has led to greater equity between men's and women's athletics programs? If not, how can you ensure its more even application in academics?
I just got an intersting reply to one of my interviews I did with a surgeon from the UK.
The reply said:
"Spin. Bias. Context-dropping. This doctor seems to have built her fame & fortune on alledging discrimination.
I wasn't sure how I felt about this reply.
You might not know this but you might be an engineer. More on that later.
Over at Why All Things Lead To Chaos there is a post entitled Engineers Demystified that shows how extensive the misperception of women in engineering can be:
Once again, someone has claimed that women aren't pursuing degrees and jobs in math and computer science because we just don't want to be there.
You know, just like women have never been president of the U.S. because none of us want to be president.
In response, the tireless Aunt B. of Tiny Cat Pants is asking women to share their experiences in learning--or, in some cases, attempting to learn--math and science. Check out the comments for some horrifying stories, as well as some horrifying responses, such as the amazingly asinine "If you don’t want a man to look at your cleavage, don’t wear tops that reveal anything. It’s really that simple."
Over at Advice Goddess, Amy Alkon asks if we should encourage women to pursue scientific professions:
Why should we push women to be, say, physicists (to correct some perceived imbalance -- as if the gender of a researcher should matter) if they'd rather be, say, veterinarians? Or...sell advertising space.
Alkon links to one of Steve Sailer's posts on the Lawrence Summers controversy. In it, Sailer writes that Harvard is now "boosting less competent women, blacks and Hispanics at the expense of the more marginal men, whites, and Asians" in the sciences and mathematics.
Last week, on my personal blog I shared a petition asking the University of California Regents to rescind their invitation to former Harvard president Lawrence Summers to speak. An excerpt from the petition:
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