George Will on Gender Politics

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    George F. Will: New Project for the Gender Police - Newsweek

    Uh oh. Too few women scientists. Calling rdean. :lol:

    Affirmative action for the "weaker sex"?
     
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    How refreshing, he stopped bashing Muslims long enough to bash women.
     
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    Bashing women?

    Wow Ravi - you've really run out of bogus PC bullshit to sling at people. Take your tin foil hat off for a moment and reflect on the term "the weaker sex". Anyone who agrees with that term is the real sexist.
     
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    How much can you bench?
     
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    How the hell anyone views what George Will says as 'bashing women' is beyond me.
     
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    Little has changed in the years since the Womens Liberation movement in regards to women participating in Engineering and Science. While more women forego becoming nurses to become doctors, there is still limited enrollment in engineering or hard science.

    There is no reason women can't perform in these areas. It seems to be more cultural than anything else as asian and indian women seem to thrive in engineering
     
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    Too true.

    TBH, less and less American males are going onto graduate school in chemistry and physics. Grad schools in these areas are well-populated with foreigners, though.

    Personally and as you touched on, American culture is the issue. Students would rather make money in industry or go onto a more money-making endeavor than spend more time in school to get an advanced degree in chemistry or physics. It pays well enough, but does not pay nearly as well as other options available to these folks.
     
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    Its also a factor that when it comes to narrowly defined professions (hard science, engeineering, etc) it simply takes time for interest in these fields to develop in women. The nurse-doctor thing is a good example. Women had a foot in the field of medicine going back 150 years, it was just the end of outdated social norms that was needed for them to make the jump. In the example of engineering women were not really involved in any aspect of the field. Male Engineers had drawings made by male draftsmen, and worked for male led govermental agencies/corporations.

    I have noticed that certain engineering disiplines attract more woman applicants, specifically Chemical and Environmental Engineering.
     
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    But can 29 "new offices" accomplish that? It would seem that the universities themselves would know best on how to recruit and retain female students and professors - not necessarily the government.
     
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    The irony is that Larry Summers seems to think women just naturally can't do hard science.

    Summers' remarks on women draw fire
    By Marcella Bombardieri
    Globe Staff / January 17, 2005

    CAMBRIDGE -- The president of Harvard University, Lawrence H. Summers, sparked an uproar at an academic conference Friday when he said that innate differences between men and women might be one reason fewer women succeed in science and math careers. ....​
    Summers' remarks on women draw fire - The Boston Globe
     

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