Why aren't more women in science? : top researchers debate the evidence /
edited by Stephen J. Ceci and Wendy M. Williams.
1st ed.
Washington, DC : American Psychological Association, 2007.
xx, 254 p. : ill.
159147485X, 9781591474852
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Washington, DC : American Psychological Association, 2007.
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Appeared in Choice on 2007-07-01:
It would seem that the topic of women in science, or rather the dearth of women in science, has been thoroughly exhausted, but this collection of invited papers on gender differences in cognition is an important, informative addition to the standing literature. Triggered in part by January 2005 remarks by then-Harvard president Lawrence H. Summers, speculating on why more men than women perform at the higher levels in math and science, this volume is a collection of empirical studies of the actual performance of the two genders, at various age levels and across national boundaries. Although they do not ignore the negative stereotypes about women's ability, the obstacles presented by child and elder care, which usually fall to women, and biases in the academic world, the various contributors tend to focus on cognitive differences due to evolutionary, hormonal, brain, and other biological attributes. The approach throughout is empirical. Despite the very high intellectual level of the researchers represented here, this volume is readily accessible and quite stimulating reading--and the opinions expressed are diverse and well substantiated. Author index; brief biographies. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers; lower-division undergraduates through faculty. M. H. Chaplin Wellesley College
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The most reliable and current knowledge about womens participation in science is presented in this collection of 15 essays written by top researchers on gender differences in ability that address why more women are not pursuing careers in science, engineering, and math.
Table of Contents
Contributorsp. xi
Setting the Stagep. 1
Introduction: Striving for Perspective in the Debate on Women in Sciencep. 3
Essaysp. 25
Women at the Top in Science-and Elsewherep. 27
"Underrepresentation" or Misrepresentation?p. 39
Is Math a Gift? Beliefs That Put Females at Riskp. 47
Sex, Math, and Sciencep. 57
Taking Science Seriously: Straight Thinking About Spatial Sex Differencesp. 69
Sex Differences in Personal Attributes for the Development of Scientific Expertisep. 79
Do Sex Differences in Cognition Cause the Shortage of Women in Science?p. 101
Brains, Bias, and Biology: Follow the Datap. 113
Science, Sex, and Good Sense: Why Women Are Underrepresented in Some Areas of Science and Mathp. 121
Women in Science: Gender Similarities in Abilities and Sociocultural Forcesp. 131
The Seeds of Career Choices: Prenatal Sex Hormone Effects on Psychological Sex Differencesp. 147
Sex Differences in Mind: Keeping Science Distinct From Social Policyp. 159
An Evolutionary Perspective on Sex Differences in Mathematics and the Sciencesp. 173
Neural Substrates for Sex Differences in Cognitionp. 189
Where Are All the Women? Gender Differences in Participation in Physical Science and Engineeringp. 199
Conclusionp. 211
Are We Moving Closer and Closer Apart? Shared Evidence Leads to Conflicting Viewsp. 213
Questions for Discussion and Reflectionp. 237
Author Indexp. 239
Subject Indexp. 247
About the Editorsp. 253
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