The Mathematics of Sex
 How Biology and Society Conspire to Limit Talented Women and Girls
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Nearly half of all physicians and biologists are females, as are the majority of new psychologists, veterinarians, and dentists, suggesting that women have achieved equality with men in the workforce. But the ranks of professionals in mathintensive careers remain lopsidedly male; up ... Læs mere to 93% of tenuretrack academic positions in some of the most mathematicallyoriented fields are held by men.Three main explanations have been advanced to explain the dearth of women in mathintensive careers, and inThe Mathematics of Sex, Stephen J. Ceci and Wendy M. Williams describe and dissect the evidence for each. The first explanation involves innate abilitymale brains are physiologically optimized to perform advanced mathematical and spatial operations; the second is that social and cultural biases inhibit females' training and success in mathematical fields; the third alleges that women are less interested in mathintensive careers than are men, preferring peopleoriented pursuits. Drawing on research in endocrinology, economics, sociology, education, genetics, and psychology to arrive at their own unique, evidencebased conclusion, the authors argue that the problem is due to certain choices that women (but not men) are compelled to make in our society; that women tend not to favor mathintensive careers for certain reasons, and that sex differences in math and spatial ability cannot adequately explain the scarcity of women in these fields. The Mathematics of Sex represents the first time such a thorough synthesis of data has been carried out to solve the puzzle of women's underrepresentation in mathintensive careers. The result is a readable, engaging account suitable not only for academics in an array of disciplines, but for general readers as wellincluding educators, science policymakers, parents of daughters, and anyone intellectually curious about a key controversy of our time. Læs mindre
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