INCREASING the number of women in science and technology has been an important goal for universities and industries, and substantial progress has surely been made. More women than ever major in so-called STEM fields. Still, women earn only 17 to 18 percent of the bachelor’s degrees in engineering and computer science, and just over 40 percent in the physical sciences and math. Where are the women? Clustered in the life sciences. About 58 percent of all bachelor’s, master’s and doctorates in biology are awarded to women.If it is a problem that there is a 10 percent shortfall in the number of female physical science and math degrees, why is it not a problem that there is an eight percent shortful in the number of male biology degrees. Or the thirty percent shortfall in the number of male sociology degrees? Surely society requires more male sociologists!
Friday, November 11, 2011
We already know the answer
It was supposedly a great societal problem and proof of discrimination against women when women made up less than half the college population. Strangely, the current sexual imbalance doesn't appear to be indicative of either a problem or discrimination against men.