Monday, November 24, 2008

Women in the sciences

Prince columnist Ben Chen has a great column today on women in Princeton's B.S.E program:

"Those in the more male-dominated disciplines, however, felt more discriminated against and felt they were taken less seriously as students than males in their field. A common complaint was that they had to prove their intelligence. They said people assumed they were dumb until proven intelligent, while most people naturally assumed the males were already intelligent unless proven dumb."

Bad news, people. That's not just a science thing, and it's certainly not just a Princeton thing: studies show that women in business, especially those in positions of leadership, experience this phenomenon all the time. Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did, backwards and in heels, and he was still the star.

That said, props to Ben for a great column.


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