Good piece in Newsweek on boosting the number of women pursuing STEM studies and careers -- a goal that rises in importance as women continue to dominate colleges and universities. The debate about this is fascinating, and I don't pretend to have any solutions. After following this issue for severa...
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July 01, 2010
June 17, 2010
John Tierney has a good column in the Times that summarizes the research behind the math/science gender gap. Actually, I need to be careful about generalizing about those gaps. Women make up more than half of the biological sciences majors. And from the PBS Nova show, we have these two female scien...
June 08, 2010
SEDL, the nonprofit education think tank, offers logical suggestions for steering more females into math and science. Notice the absence of any conspiracy theories about why females have avoided those fields.
June 07, 2010
The New York Times columnist is right about what Larry Summers actually said, and he's right to be skeptical about assuming feminists are right when they suggest a conspiracy theory explains why so few women pursue STEM majors and (persist with) STEM careers. It would be nice if a simple villain we...
June 03, 2010
That's the question raised in this Center for American Progress piece. Once again, however, I cringe when I see the pay gap tossed into the issue. That gap is an important issue, but not for the reasons cited. Women choose different college studies and pursue different careers and different pathways...
March 29, 2010
In the Chronicle, a former Education Department official takes issue with the recent AAUW report about the shortage of women in math and science majors and careers.
March 22, 2010
Collecting research on what will lure more women into STEM majors and careers -- an economic necessity created by campus gender gaps. If only the AAUW were more open to investigating the causes of those gender gaps in the K-12 years.
February 24, 2010
UC San Diego is doing what more colleges and universities should be doing to boost the numbers of women going into math and science fields. Having universities mostly populated by women -- with only 20 percent of some STEM majors female -- is unacceptable, from a national economic perspective.
February 22, 2010
This University of Texas program designed to lure more middle school girls into pursuing STEM subjects sounds great. It's exactly what needs to be done, especially if college gender balances favoring women continue into the future. We need far more women sticking with science/math majors and enterin...