American Science Departments Talk Title IX

Maledominatedfield Until recently, the impact of Title IX, an American law forbidding sexual discrimination in education, has been limited mostly to sports. Background: women’s sports teams were given a boost of funding to equalise the playing field as women’s sports were traditionally given a pittance compared to the funding for men’s teams. But now, thirty years later, under pressure from Congress, NASA and the National Science Foundation have been looking at a new area for equality: science departments in universities that receive government funding. The are looking at the possibility of introducing affirmative action measures to increase the number of female professors and lecturers – again to try and level the playing field. And now the country is in an uproar about what this means for the "quality of science" in the future. You can read John Tierney’s opinion piece in the New York Times or read up on the rebuttals on many sites including the Fairer Science site. Reminds me of how they thought the sky would fall when Norway introduced mandatory quotas for the number of women on executive boards…..

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