The Science on Women and Science

The Science on Women and Science Women have achieved or exceeded parity with men in most academic fields but continue to be outnumbered in the physical sciences engineering and math For many equity activists this imbalance constit

  • Title: The Science on Women and Science
  • Author: Christina Hoff Sommers
  • ISBN: 9780844742816
  • Page: 115
  • Format: Paperback
  • Women have achieved or exceeded parity with men in most academic fields but continue to be outnumbered in the physical sciences, engineering, and math For many equity activists, this imbalance constitutes a serious problem, even a crisis, necessitating federal oversight to prevent gender bias in higher education and scientific industries Congress, the Obama administratWomen have achieved or exceeded parity with men in most academic fields but continue to be outnumbered in the physical sciences, engineering, and math For many equity activists, this imbalance constitutes a serious problem, even a crisis, necessitating federal oversight to prevent gender bias in higher education and scientific industries Congress, the Obama administration, and many science and education leaders are considering dramatic measures to improve women s prospects in the sciences But what if claims of gender bias have been exaggerated In 2007, the National Academy of Sciences NAS released Beyond Bias and Barriers Fulfilling the Promise of Women in Academic Science and Engineering, an influential study suggesting that women face a hostile environment in the laboratory The NAS report dismissed the possibility that gender disparities in scientific fields might be attributable to biological differences and called for immediate remedial action in education, government, and business This volume examines the research behind the NAS s claims and presents a balanced analysis of the gender gap Scientific research on the relationship between gender and vocation is complex, vibrant, and full of reasonable disagreements Some scholars agree that discrimination is the best explanation for the current configuration of men and women in science, but others, perhaps a majority, suggest that biology and considered preference explain why men and women follow different career paths The Science on Women and Science is a lively, readable, and balanced collection of articles by distinguished scholars from sides of an often contentious debate.

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  • Christina Hoff Sommers

    An American author and former philosophy professor who is known for her critique of late 20th century feminism, and her writings about feminism in contemporary American culture.

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  • This is not a brilliant book, but it is a honest attempt to present the current (2009-ish) state of disagreements on women's participation in STEM fields. There is no lack of clashing ideologies, (un)certainties, politicking, accusations of bias and un-scientific-ness, data that are suspect, and studies that show both X and not-X (not same studies), frustration and hurt (research) feelings.There are a few interesting new concepts I leaned about, such as the existence of "IQ fundamentalists" and [...]


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