The human factor

Women in STEM have always had to fight an uphill battle for acceptance. Why is this still such a problem?

The Accidental Mathematician

A recent Telegraph article suggests that “females, as a whole, are not hugely engaged by science.” Emphasis mine:

The problem with science is that, for all its wonders, it lacks narrative and story-line. Science (and maths) is about facts, and the laboratory testing of elements. It is not primarily about people. Women – broadly speaking – are drawn to the human factor: to story, biography, psychology and language.

This self-proclaimed people specialist keeps referring to women as “females,” the noun more often than the adjective. For instance: “Biology and nature, he suggested, will generally nudge females away from [science and engineering].” Here’s to biology, I guess. And to consistency.

Here’s one good rebuttal, with further links. This essay in particular matches a great deal of my own experience. But I also want to question the “science is not about people” line from a different angle–the one that scientists adapt…

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  1. Sigh…As the husband of a successful chemist, the perpetuation of this attitude drives me nuts.
    On the other hand, Lego apparently finally realized that girls play with Lego too and released this commercial recently:

    so there is some hope.

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