Monday, May 19, 2008
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Because it's been a while since this blog really angered feminists....
In the worlds of science, engineering and technology, it seems, the past is still very much present.Just to muck up that straightforward conclusion, however, the Boston Globe's Elaine McArdle reports on some alternative explanations:
[T]wo new studies by economists and social scientists have reached a perhaps startling conclusion: An important part of the explanation for the gender gap, they are finding, are the preferences of women themselves. When it comes to certain math- and science-related jobs, substantial numbers of women - highly qualified for the work - stay out of those careers because they would simply rather do something else.I don't think this is an either-or issue -- sexism and self-selection can be mutually reinforcing narratives.
Incidentally, the most awful sexist anecdote I read today came from Jodi Kantor's front pager in the New York Times:
Ms. [Elaine] Kamarck, 57, the Harvard professor and a longtime adviser to Democratic candidates, said she was still incredulous about the time her colleagues on Walter F. Mondale’s presidential campaign, all men, left for lunch without inviting her — because, she later discovered, they were headed to a strip club.posted by Dan on 05.19.08 at 10:16 AM
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