The NYT has a great article called “Institutions Hinder Female Academics, Panel Says.” It’s a nice rebuff against the “innately inferior” argument used to explain why women hit the glass ceiling (in this case, in science & math-related academic posts). Take these quotes:
“The panel dismissed the idea, notably advanced last year by Lawrence H. Summers, then the president of Harvard, that the relative dearth of women in the upper ranks of science might be the result of “innate” intellectual deficiencies, particularly in mathematics. If there are any cognitive differences, the report says, they are small and irrelevant.”
“The report also dismissed other commonly held beliefs — that women are uncompetitive or less productive, that they take too much time off for their families, and so on. Their real problems, it says, are unconscious but pervasive bias, “arbitrary and subjective” evaluation processes, and a work environment in which “anyone lacking the work and family support traditionally provided by a ‘wife’ is at a serious disadvantage.””
Um, yeah. The only thing I’ll add is that these quotes apply to almost every field, not just higher-level science and math. (Title quote by Joan Collins).