Discrimination against women in science

Women are dramatically underrepresented at all ranks in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Actually, it appears to be a problem in other parts of academia as well.

Many possible explanations have been posited, and the President of Harvard (and former member of the Obama administration) Larry Summers is perhaps the most prominent example of a genetic justification

Perhaps more important than an explanation would be steps to remediate the problem. A Washington Post blog post provides an interesting suggestion. And more recently, faculty, rather than administrators have taken the lead.

Please read all the papers at the above links, and come to class next week ready to discuss your own experiences with gender in academia, and possible routes to improve the situation.







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