2013.06.10

nytimes.com
Why Are There Still So Few Women in Science?

Hint: The answer has more to do with “The Big Bang Theory” than with longstanding theories about men’s so-called natural aptitude.

Last summer, researchers at Yale published a study proving that physicists, chemists and biologists are likely to view a young male scientist more favorably than a woman with the same qualifications. Presented with identical summaries of the accomplishments of two imaginary applicants, professors at six major research institutions were significantly more willing to offer the man a job. If they did hire the woman, they set her salary, on average, nearly $4,000 lower than the man’s. Surprisingly, female scientists were as biased as their male counterparts.

The new study goes a long way toward providing hard evidence of a continuing bias against women in the sciences. Only one-fifth of physics Ph.D.’s in this country are awarded to women, and only about half of those women are American; of all the physics professors in the United States, only 14 percent are women. The numbers of black and Hispanic scientists are even lower; in a typical year, 13 African-Americans and 20 Latinos of either sex receive Ph.D.’s in physics. The reasons for those shortages are hardly mysterious — many minority students attend secondary schools that leave them too far behind to catch up in science, and the effects of prejudice at every stage of their education are well documented. But what could still be keeping women out of the STEM fields (“STEM” being the current shorthand for “science, technology, engineering and mathematics”), which offer so much in the way of job prospects, prestige, intellectual stimulation and income?

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When you are not on mobile, can you post links about Urban Outfitters and American Apparel? I googled what you were talking about but not much showed up and I'm v Intrigued and I want to write about It In my high schools newspaper.

urban outfitters: (stealing artists work, romanticizing mental illness, using jewish star on outfits, contributes to anti-gay organizations, etc)

http://www.buzzfeed.com/mbvd/urban-outfitters-features-vintage-red-stained-kent-state-swe

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/06/urban-outfitters-depression-shirt_n_4550875.html

http://www.myfoxny.com/story/17404881/urban-outfitters-eat-less-t-shirt-controversy

http://theweek.com/article/index/220370/racist-navajo-attire-and-7-other-urban-outfitters-controversies

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/16/anti-gay-companies_n_4110344.html

http://magazine.good.is/articles/miley-cyrus-outs-urban-outfitters-for-donating-to-anti-gay-candidates

American Apparel: (degrading adds of women, misconduct case, sex slave, etc) 

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-06-23/american-apparel-charney-fired-for-misconduct-financing-problems

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/05/10-things-american-apparel-learned-from_n_3248529.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/fashion/american-apparel-slammed-for-rampant-sexism-in-latest-controversial-advertising-campaign-showing-model-in-miniskirt-9654844.html

http://mic.com/articles/42717/think-american-apparel-isn-t-sexist-maybe-this-will-convince-you

http://nypost.com/2014/06/20/american-apparel-ceo-ouster-linked-to-sex-slave-case/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/06/23/so-many-sex-financial-allegations-involving-american-apparel-chairman-dov-charney-that-company-couldnt-afford-the-insurance/