Lies, Damned Lies, and STEM Statistics

Sean Welsh, Quillette
Concerns about the number of women in STEM are misplaced for three reasons. First, the definition of the T is STEM is narrow and arbitrary (a lie); second, the definition of the S in STEM is narrow, arbitrary, and flagrantly wrong (a damned lie); and, third, while the causal attribution of sexism to explain low numbers of women in STEM (narrowly defined) is undoubtedly true in particular cases, it is unconvincing as a general explanation of the relative low numbers of women in some broad fields of PhD study. Better explanations for these disparities are readily available.
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