It’s Different For Girls

In today’s Times, John Tierney calls our attention to the possibility that the government may soon be imposing “Title IX” requirements on university science departments, because there aren’t “enough” women going into fields like physics and engineering.

This is dangerous territory, of course; we all remember the shameful pillorying of Harvard president Lawrence Summers for merely suggesting that there might be innate reasons for the asymmetrical distribution of men and women in science. His perfectly reasonable remarks were taken as an outrageous and impermissible thought-crime, and he was hounded from his post.

Now the dispute turns on whether there might be fewer women physicists and engineers simply because women are inherently less attracted to these disciplines, or whether it is a symptom of a lingering and pernicious discrimination that must be remedied by intrusive government action.

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3 Comments

  1. the one eyed man says

    One of the local legends here in Silicon Valley is T. J. Rodgers, who is CEO of Cypress Semiconductor. He received a letter from a nun criticizing him for the lack of women on his board. He told the nun to stuff it, and did so in no uncertain terms.

    http://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/stories/1996/07/22/editorial3.html

    Posted July 15, 2008 at 11:43 pm | Permalink
  2. JK says

    Realizing I may get a “…exception rather than the rule…” and too, it’s on your sidebar, the link I mean. But it should be pointed out to those who would say otherwise, “they are out there.”

    http://twistedphysics.typepad.com/cocktail_party_physics/2008/02/built-for-spe-1.html

    Posted July 16, 2008 at 11:28 am | Permalink
  3. JK says

    Took some time but then I realized Part 1 didn’t specifically address the topic. So to rectify:

    http://twistedphysics.typepad.com/cocktail_party_physics/2008/02/built-for-speed.html

    Posted July 16, 2008 at 11:56 am | Permalink