"Math is hard", Barbie

<p>Here we go again!  Derrick Jackson summarizes Harvard President, <font color="#ffff00">Lawrence Summers</font>'s recent bungling in his <a href="http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2005/01/19/summerss_tortured_logic/">Boston Globe editorial</a>.  Summers suggests that under representation of women in science and engineering may be due to women's innate lack of ability or willingness to work hard. Gee, I wonder why Harvard has so few tenured women professors!?  Can you say &quot;class action law suit&quot;?  I am a professor in computer science and information technology at a small university, and I am frustrated by how few women attempt to major in either discipline.  I understand the social dynamics that steer women to other majors.  Despite these influences some sciences have made spectacular advances, like the biological sciences.  There is a significant research suggesting how we as teachers can make our disciplines more appealing to women.  For computer science, may I suggest:  <a href="http://www-2.cs.cmu.edu/~gendergap/">&quot;Unlocking the Clubhouse, Women in Computing&quot;</a> by Jane Margolis and Allan Fisher, which documents Carnegie Mellon's increase in women's enrollment.  CMU went from 8%  women in 1995 to 42% women in 2000.  Brilliant!</p>

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