Women and minorities tend to shun the majors that lead to the best paying jobs, which lies at the heart of the overall gender pay gap (not the true apples to apples issue, where male/female engineers hold the exact same position but are paid differently.) What's important to keep in mind, however, ...
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May 24, 2011
May 06, 2011
This is helpful...this is what we need across the country. Again, if most of our college graduates are going to be women, we have a national academic interest in steering more women into the hard sciences (and aggressive business startups).
March 21, 2011
Good story in the Times about boosting the number of women there. Good lessons for other universities, keeping in mind that universities such as MIT can skim off the top.
November 30, 2010
Originally I passed on this psych experiment out of the University of Colorado that claimed there was an easy way to boost the performance of female college students in courses such as physics and math. (As a reminder, I write about this on a boys blog because if women are going to dominate colleges...
October 26, 2010
The New York Times writes a (nearly) great editorial today about the slipping proportion of science and engineering majors (we now rank 27th out of the 29 comparable wealthy nations) and somehow neglects to mention why this happening: the campus gender gaps. Look at this 2006 study of California pu...
August 09, 2010
Let's hope not. If women are going to dominate universities then we need far more women opting to become business entrepreneurs, software writers and scientists. Our international competitiveness isn't riding on the number of clinical psychologists we produce.
July 26, 2010
Nice column in the Chronicle of Higher Education lends insight into why women may be reluctant to enter the competitive sciences field.
July 18, 2010
That's the headline atop an interesting New York Times discussion about why women are more hesitant than men in taking risks in business and technology -- an important topic considering the gender imbalances on campuses. With no leveling of those graduation gaps forecast in the near, or even distant...
July 14, 2010
Not that it will do much good to Larry Summers now, but Duke researchers make the same point that got him in so much trouble.
July 02, 2010
The argument from feminists is that we shouldn't worry about underachieving boys when the world's elite, especially the risk taking entrepreneurs, are nearly all men. On one level, they're right. Those are the very top, from mathematicians to capitalists, are almost uniformly male. Was Larry Summers...