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Study finds U.S. bias against women in science
Reuters ^ | Sept 18, 2006

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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To: FormerACLUmember

women do make up over 50% of the population.

41 posted on 09/21/2006 5:40:56 PM PDT by hootiebird
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To: presidio9

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.

42 posted on 09/21/2006 5:51:04 PM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion (outside a good dog, a book is your best friend. inside a dog it's too dark to read)
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To: Kaylee Frye

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.

43 posted on 09/21/2006 5:59:15 PM PDT by hootiebird
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44 posted on 09/21/2006 8:36:32 PM PDT by luckystarmom
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To: Mongeaux

LOL, owned

45 posted on 09/21/2006 8:41:03 PM PDT by Constantine XIII
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To: luckystarmom
One of my daughters has speech problems, can't spell, and is slow at reading. However, she is great at math!!!!!!!! I'm thinking she would make a great accountant. She loves money and math.

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.

46 posted on 09/21/2006 9:05:41 PM PDT by Young Scholar
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To: luckystarmom

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.

47 posted on 09/21/2006 9:26:39 PM PDT by hootiebird
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To: Mongeaux
The obviously dispassionate and objective panel of “experts” dedicated its work to Denice Denton, the deceased chancellor of UC Santa Cruz who was a lesbian crusader for feminist causes. Huh: Perhaps the only thing this panel is “expert” in is fooling dimwitted journalists into spreading its propaganda.

Wasn't she the one who jumped off a building after getting caught giving her "wife" a high paying, do nothing job?

48 posted on 09/21/2006 9:33:03 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: hootiebird

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.

49 posted on 09/22/2006 6:26:46 AM PDT by Idaho Whacko
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"This Report is Dedicated to Denise Denton"

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...

50 posted on 09/22/2006 1:55:09 PM PDT by Mongeaux (''I would sooner be governed by the first 2,000 names in the Boston phone directory," W.F. Buckley)
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To: Idaho Whacko

your name suits you

51 posted on 09/22/2006 3:41:40 PM PDT by hootiebird
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To: hootiebird

And that relates to this how?

52 posted on 09/23/2006 10:13:55 AM PDT by Idaho Whacko
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