We Are Doing It: Diverse experiences & united purpose strengthen the women of quality

In 2018, Alessandro Strumia, a professor of physics at Pisa University in Italy, gave a presentation on gender in physics to a group at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). The main argument of his presentation was that the underrepresentation of women in physics is attributable to innate differences in intelligence between men and women and to women’s lack of interest in, and aptitude for, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). 

Naturally, Strumia’s argument was widely refuted by experts in psychology, neuroscience, and education. Indeed, one need only look at the fact that women earn 59.9 percent of all master’s degrees and 51.8 percent of all doctoral degrees to recognize that intelligence and intellectual aptitude are not biased in favour of any gender. Yet these refutations are not enough to dampen the realization that despite improvements, women still face considerable challenges in many workplaces, especially in science-related fields. While overt sexism continues to collapse under the weight of greater insight into … Read more...