Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Women in Mathematics

An article in today's Toronto Star summarizes recent research on why there are fewer women in mathematics than men. In summary paragraph at the beginning of the article it says:

After wading through more than 400 academic articles on sex differences in math, they've concluded that it's not a lack of ability that keeps women from pursuing careers in engineering or computer science. Rather, it's a variety of factors, including a female preference for more people-oriented professions and significantly different lifestyle needs, such as having and raising children.

I'm not sure I like the article after that because the remainder tends to introduce more stereotypes than it tries to dismiss.

More technical versions of this summary can be found at:

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