Skip to comments.Study finds U.S. bias against women in science
Posted on 09/21/2006 2:56:20 PM PDT by presidio9
Women are being filtered out of high-level science, math and engineering jobs in the United States, and there is no good reason for it, according to a National Academies report released on Monday.
A committee of experts looked at all the possible excuses biological differences in ability, hormonal influences, childrearing demands, and even differences in ambition and found no good explanation for why women are being locked out.
"Compared with men, women faculty members are generally paid less and promoted more slowly, receive fewer honors, and hold fewer leadership positions," the Academies said in a statement.
"These discrepancies do not appear to be based on productivity, the significance of their work, or any other performance measures."
Female minorities fare the worst, the study found. And the expert panel said the discrepancies are costing the country many talented leaders and researchers and recommended immediate and far-reaching changes to change the balance.
"We found no significant biological differences between men and women in science, engineering and mathematics that could account for the lower representation of women in academic faculty and scientific leadership positions," said Donna Shalala, president of the University of Miami and head of the committee that wrote the report.
The study was compiled by all the National Academies the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine which advise Congress, the federal government, and various institutions.
"It is not a lack of talent but an unintended bias ... that is locking women out," Shalala, a former
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women do make up over 50% of the population.
This cannot possibly be true. Freepers on Crevo threads have assured me that Scientists are TOTALLY objective and only care about facts and truth. They have no bias. They are not driven by emotion or animosity. They are, apparently, all like Commander Data. This must be a bogus study.
My mother in law got a degree in mathamatics, and was a software engineer, she just got a promotion into management (she is Korean by the way). My little sister works in computer networking and security, and has become the go-to woman in her department (she hasn't even worked there a year) She doesn't have a degree, but has military experience(not korean). And my cousin-in-law also works in IT (not korean). I know lots of women who have careers in computers. I am a college student and have meet lots of women interested in hard science. I had a chemist in my economics class. And half my integral calculus class were women. (I got an A!!! Who says dyslexics can't do math!) And my husband's math teacher is a woman is working on getting her PHD in mathmatics.
Or finance or economics, maybe. My (limited) experience with accounting is that it really doesn't require much math--it's more about organization and rules, which are really a different sort of skill. Anyone seriously interested in math would probably be bored.
I am also a dyslexic. It runs in my family. Some of the most inovative thinkers have some form of what people think of as a learning disablity. I don't think of it as a disablity, but as a different way of looking at things and processing information.
Wasn't she the one who jumped off a building after getting caught giving her "wife" a high paying, do nothing job?
software engineers are glorified programmers (nothing wrong with that), and math degrees are not science.
Women stay away from the non-life sciences and engineering in droves, they are not as suited for it, nor as interested. Women have the luxury of choosing majors based on interest and passing fancy (media studies and art history majors for example, are almost all women or gay men). Men tend to major in areas that relate directy to income.
yep, after demanding $600,000 worth of improvements to the free 2,680-square-foot home given to her by UC Santa Cruz, (which included a new fence for her dogs, new wiring, speakers, amplifier and CD player for a built-in sound system and dozens of others perks), Denise Denton also hired her girlfriend, Gretchen Kalonji - a former University of Washington professor of materials science, into a $192,000 UC management position. UC also provided Kalonji, then Denton's partner of seven years, a housing assistance allowance of up to $50,000.
The media discovered how deeply she had pushed her snout into the public trough and was running stories about it, so she took a weeks "leave of absence" (read: suspended pending investigation) and leaped off The Paramount Hotel.
How appropriate that this report was dedicated to a Greedy, Grasping, Materialistic, Feminist-Lebsian-Academic Hack Who Got Caught. Makes you wonder how many simultaneous levels of Hell she is burning in...
your name suits you
And that relates to this how?