For some women, science really is hard

Nearly eight years ago Harvard University president and noted economist Lawrence Summers was literally run out of town for declaring  [T]hat men outperform women in maths and sciences because of biological difference, and discrimination is no longer a career barrier for female academics. (snip) In a lengthy address delivered without notes, Dr Summers offered three explanations for the shortage of women in senior posts in science and engineering, starting with their reluctance to work long hours because of childcare responsibilities. He went on to argue that boys outperform girls on high school science and maths scores because of genetic difference. "Research in behavioural genetics is showing that things people previously attributed to socialisation weren't due to socialisation after all," he told the Boston Globe yesterday.  Andrea Mitchell, married to noted economist Alan Greenspan, proved this controversial thesis Sunday on her namesake MSNBC...(Read Full Post)