The poster back when I was in high school said “I want to be an engineer, just like my mom.”
Well I didn’t, and my mom isn’t one either. Shockingly, new research shows the lack of women in science-related fields may be because we don’t want to.
Now two new studies by economists and social scientists have reached a perhaps startling conclusion: An important part of the explanation for the gender gap, they are finding, are the preferences of women themselves. When it comes to certain math- and science-related jobs, substantial numbers of women – highly qualified for the work – stay out of those careers because they would simply rather do something else.
I am sure, however, that the government can find some way to force us: You will like math. You will do math. You are good at math. Repeat.
Brigitte adds: Ha-ha! Adds. Get it?
Andrea adds, subtracts and multiplies: but isn’t so good at division or percentage increases. Hardy har har. (Keep your day job, Brigitte, keep your day job.)