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Tuesday, January 18, 2005
the privileged speak

In the news today is an article about some remarks made by the president of Harvard about women in science and math. This comes after I spent all of last week and this weekend reading the work of my favorite theorist, Dorothy Smith (more online info here and here). Lawrence H. Summers, speaking Friday at a conference, questioned how great a role discrimination plays in keeping female scientists and engineers from advancing at elite universities. "Here was this economist lecturing pompously (to) this room full of the country's most accomplished scholars on women's issues in science and engineering, and he kept saying things we had refuted in the first half of the day," said Denton, the outgoing dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Washington. "It's possible I made some reference to innate differences," he said. He said people "would prefer to believe" that the differences in performance between the sexes are due to social factors, "but these are things that need to be studied." Oh my god! Social factors? Someone ought to study that!!

posted by knit wit | 1/18/2005 08:03:00 AM

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