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American Association of University Women: Make science courses easier for us females

March 27, 2015

My latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

Maybe a lot of women don’t want to do this all day.

The report is grandiosely titled Solving the Equation: The Variables for Women’s Sucess in Computing and Engineering. But at least according to the AAUW’s press release, the report actually consists of the invariable same old same old.

It starts with this observation:

“More than ever before, girls are studying and excelling in science and mathematics. Yet the dramatic increase in girls’ educational achievements in scientific and mathematical subjects has not been matched by similar increases in the representation of women working as engineers and computing professionals. Just 12 percent of engineers are women, and the number of women in computing has fallen from 35 percent in 1990 to just 26 percent today.”

Could that be because, as scholarly studies have shown, women are more people-oriented, in contrast to men, who are more oriented toward things? Careers in science, which deals strictly in things and abstractions, may simply not appeal to many women, who may prefer to work as psychologists, anthropologists, and social workers instead of at a cubicle desk in Silicon Valley.

Nah, that would be the obvious answer. The AAUW perfers this answer:

“We all hold gender biases, shaped by stereotypes in the wider culture, that affect how we evaluate and treat one another. Several findings detailed in the report shed light on how these stereotypes and biases harm women in engineering and computing.

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“But employers aren’t the only ones making this mistake. Stereotypes and biases affect women’s beliefs about their own abilities and the choices they make about their own futures as well. Girls with stronger implicit biases linking math and science with boys spend less time studying math and are less likely to pursue a career in a STEM field.”

Posted by Charlotte Allen

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One Comment
  1. Matthew Chiglinsky permalink

    I love that she’s wearing earrings with a frigging hard hat. Maybe she’s too dainty for such a tough job.

    Yes, feminism is all about nature vs. nurture. Feminists hate biology.

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