The Globe’s columnist Cathy Young suggests the odds were stacked in a National Academy panel’s makeup when it examined the reason that fewer women than men get into the top slots in university science and engineering departments. The academy report concludes that gender bias and sexism as important reasons. Young, as have a few other news accounts recently, writes that the panel’s membership seems heavy with people who went into the review with a bias toward fingering prejudice as a factor. It’s a reasoned column. It lists a few other panelists who could have been included but were not, and may have lent more credibility to the conclusions.
See also: A recent NY Times John Tierney column with the same angle.
Grist for the Mill: National Academy of Sciences Press Release;
Related News: Boston Globe Mary Hegarty Nowlan on women doctors transforming the practice of medicine. One difference: fewer women will work exceedingly long hours.
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