Comments on: Gender equality: From sports to math and science Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 By: Katherine Thu, 16 Jul 2009 21:08:38 +0000 I am a female law student at a Top Ten school, and I am surrounded by other females who were at the top of their undergraduate classes. Many of them decided to go into law because they are “not good at science or math.” Obviously, this cannot be true, since they had to receive top scores their entire academic careers in every subject in order to get where they are today (including standardized testing).

However, it is not discrimination that made these women think that they were “bad at math.” Instead, I think it was the general societal disinclination for math and science careers, which are populated by people who are characterized as boring and nerdy. Where are the great scientists that young people want to emulate? Where is the dashing female Marie Curie that makes little girls want to do equations? The simple fact is that as long as math and science careers have little interpersonal interaction, as long as the workplace for these careers is the cubicle, and as long as there seems to be little light in the drabness of the science career, women just won’t want to do it.

By: Katie Tue, 14 Jul 2009 14:49:35 +0000 Yep. Extending title IX seems a little over the top. This is making a discrimination issue out of something that is simply not discrimination. I’m a female, and currently working on my PhD in biomedical engineering, and I have never experienced any discrimination or considered it to be a problem. I was a pretty apathetic highschool student, but was never counseled against math or science. Bottom line, if you are a poor student in math and science in grade school, that probably isn’t going to change in college. I think this sort of expansion will open up a slippery slope, and lead to an influx of people who are truely unqualified, leading to failure and wasting money.

Secondly, there are a lot of girls who really just have no interest in math/science. I agree with the person above in that this bias is picked up much earlier in life (preschool/elementary), and is probably an effect of gender roles that are instilled as kids. If you want your daughter to have interest in environment, math, science, mechanics… don’t buy her dolls and clothes to play with. Little boys toys are much more complicated, and based on mechanical skills than girls. Buy your girl an erector set, modeling clay, bug collection kits, etc. Expand programs in early childhood that focus on math and science.

By: Sergey Mon, 13 Jul 2009 17:45:28 +0000 US education system is a shame. In most civilized countries education system is all about sees as many citizens as possible with good education on high paid jobs.

In US education system is huge social engineering machine lead by liberal activists. They more concern with shaping ideology rather than staff them with math, English, etc.

I used to work in R&D, today I work in brokerage. 90% people around me are immigrants. We all paid 3x-5x times over average income. There is simple not enough educated Americans to fill spots. Next door, Americans work for $10-$25/hr.

‘Nobody left behind’ means ‘nobody moves forward’.
For decades US failed to lift education level for minorities to nation average level. Finally US decide to achieve harmony by failing people who still persuade education.

The simple truth that mainstream US culture has no respect to education. US Hall Of Fame full of uneducated Starz and Athletes. Education person seen as a person with unfair competitive advantage. There is not enough demand from minorities for ‘hardscience’ (American name for math/physics/engineering). Preventing few ‘unqualified’ kids from math/physics will not bring more qualified.

By: krishnamurthi ramachandran Mon, 13 Jul 2009 11:49:13 +0000 Very good article.
Obama!s views on gender equality,more participation by females on education,employment,administration,spor ts and specially on Maths and Science fields are praise worthy.
All are equal.
Good time to use females potentailities for their personal carrier and to their countries.

By: Drewbie Thu, 09 Jul 2009 18:52:20 +0000 I double majored in both Math and Physics at a private college (class of 2008). All my classes were dominated by women, and more than half the Math faculty were as well.

If there is any bias, it isn’t coming from universities or high school guidence counsilors. It’s coming much earlier in pre- and grade school.

By: Jordan Thu, 09 Jul 2009 17:35:54 +0000 It is nice to see that someone else understands that just because the numbers differ from one group to another does not automatically mean that there is discrimination at work. I am a woman. And honestly, I prefer being an English major. And if they are going to apply gender discrimination rules to math and science, does this also mean they will include nursing, which has a larger number of women than men? Discrimination has become the modern witch-hunt, and sometimes it is taken too far.