Choice Not Biology Explains Lack of Women in Science

Man-and-woman-doctors-s  Forbes magazine recently published the findings of a meta-analysis as to why so few women work in the sciences and maths. The article Why Women Turn Their Backs on Science and you can read more here, but the overall findings suggest it is not biology but choice which is major factor. As Elizabeth Eaves writes " The reassuring part of the results is that lack of innate ability does not explain women's decisions to opt out of these careers. Which we perhaps might have been able to guess from the different numbers across cultures: One tally showed that 27% of French physics Ph.D.s were awarded to women versus 13% of U.S. physics Ph.D.s, with presumably no biological differences between French women and their American sisters. The "innate differences" theory likewise doesn't account for why there are more women in some math-intensive professions than others, say in computer science versus electrical engineering." I'm glad to see more evidence that women are not innately unable to work in these fields, as far too many people still blame biology. 

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