Ideology Vs. Freedom of Choice
It seems no rational discussion can be made on this topic anymore, which like religion and race, is drowned in emotional debate and ideology. In any case, after five decades of feminism, nothing prevents women from studying what they want to study. At Boston University, for example, the class of 2018 is 65 per cent female (1,160 women) and 35 per cent male (635 men), which would be considered a shatteringly serious problem if the figures were reversed, but never mind. Of the entire cohort (not broken down by gender), 76 chose computer programming as a major, 69 chose Math and 51 chose neuroscience.
Some say that women feel intimated by large numbers of males in class. Even if we consider this over-sensitive excuse, numbers at women-only colleges are remarkable:
- Bryn Mawr, 4 per cent of the 2010 graduating class majored in chemistry, 2 per cent in computer science, 2 per cent in physics. At Smith, 0.5 per cent chose physics, and 1.4 per cent computer science.
- Barnard (2009), 0.33 per cent chose physics and astronomy, 2 per cent chemistry.
Females are hopefully not intimated in women-only colleges either. There are also studies indicating that in liberal democracies, women tend to choose professions traditionally-linked with female traits. Health and psychology for example, are overwhelmingly female-dominated. I have no issue with this since males are not interested in those fields, yet they need to be fulfilled. Interestingly, in more repressive regimes, females then to choose STEM fields, the only fields where women remain in minority in the Western world. (I lost the link to the study - if any one have it, please reference it) There are also indication of biological factors which would explain the ongoing desire for women to choose professions gearing toward social aspect or nurturing.
It's 2016, women are free to choose which profession they want. I fail to see the obsession of having a parity everywhere. The point is: is the person can make a significant contribution to the field? Who cares if it's a woman, African-American, midget, or blue alien. Stop wasting time and resources in fulfilling ideology, diverting research funds based on gender and diversity, let women choose whatever field they want to go and make a contribution to it.
 Summers, 2008
 National Post, http://news.nationalpost.com/full-comment/barbara-kay-flattening-feminisms-campus-myths