June 8, 2009, - 8:38 am

Colleges: Male Science Profs, Buzz Off! We Want Chicks

By Debbie Schlussel
For several years now, I’ve been documenting how men are vastly outnumbered by women in college and graduate school admissions and student bodies. That’s what happens when you have years of affirmative action preferences for vulvas.
Now, men are being told they aren’t wanted in the sciences–a field where they previously dominated and for which they’ve shown far more aptitude in test scores, awards, and research.
According to a tax-funded National Research Council study of hiring and promotions in the sciences at 89 universities, women with advanced degrees in math, science, and engineering are more likely to be chosen for faculty positions and promotions when they apply.
From a press release abstract of the study:


Although women are still underrepresented in the applicant pool for faculty positions in math, science, and engineering at major research universities, those who do apply are interviewed and hired at rates equal to or higher than those for men. . . . Similarly, women are underrepresented among those considered for tenure, but those who are considered receive tenure at the same or higher rates than men.
The Congressionally mandated report examines how women at research-intensive universities fare compared with men at key transition points in their careers. Two national surveys were commissioned to help address the issue. The report’s conclusions are based on the findings of these surveys of tenure-track and tenured faculty in six disciplines — biology, chemistry, mathematics, civil engineering, electrical engineering, and physics — at 89 institutions in 2004 and 2005. The study committee also heard testimony and examined data from federal agencies, professional societies, individual university studies, and academic articles.
In each of the six disciplines, women who applied for tenure-track positions had a better chance of being interviewed and receiving job offers than male applicants had. For example, women made up 20 percent of applicants for positions in mathematics but accounted for 28 percent of those interviewed, and received 32 percent of the job offers. This was also true for tenured positions, with the exception of those in biology.
However, women are not applying for tenure-track jobs at research-intensive universities at the same rate that they are earning Ph.D.s, the report says. The gap is most pronounced in disciplines with larger fractions of women receiving Ph.D.s; for example, while
women received 45 percent of the Ph.D.s in biology awarded by research-intensive universities from 1999 to 2003, they accounted for only 26 percent of applicants to tenure-track positions at those schools. Research is needed to investigate why more women are not applying for these jobs, the committee said.

Um, no it isn’t. Some women want to stay home and have families, raise their kids, etc. This is not a problem. It’s a good thing.
And get this–here’s the money quote:

“Our data suggest that, on average, institutions have become more effective in using the means under their direct control to promote faculty diversity, including hiring and promoting women and providing resources,” said committee co-chair Claude Canizares, Bruno Rossi Professor of Physics and vice president for research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

That’s a nice way of saying, we don’t care for male scientists. We’re trying to get rid of them to promote “diversity.”
But that’s not good enough for this hypocrite, Canizares.

“Nevertheless we find evidence for stubborn and persistent underrepresentation of women at all faculty ranks.”

I say, since he’s a male, time to deep six his “stubborn and persistent” career and address “underrepresentation” by replacing him with a chick. It’s only fair, after all.
The report also assessed gender differences in . . . [c]limate and interaction with colleagues: Female faculty reported that they were less likely than men to engage in conversation with their colleagues on many professional topics, including research, salary, and benefits. This distance may prevent women from accessing important information and may make them feel less included and more marginalized in their professional lives, the committee observed.
Well, whose fault is that? This whole study is ridiculous in its aim, especially when it’s so revealing of what’s already happened: that women scientists and mathematicians are being preferred over men based solely on internal plumbing and not on qualifications.
And that–the new sexism–is tolerated far too much.
Read the whole study, “Gender Differences at Critical Transitions in the Careers of Science, Engineering and Mathematics Faculty.”

9 Responses

The new sexism = women work in men’s fields, men stay home and raise children. That is if tired and overworked women are still in the mood to have babies. With feminism, women can’t have it all. Life is full of trade offs and an insistence on complete equality means men must be denied traditional opportunities. Families and women are the big losers but that is what the Left wants to see happen in the society they’re building.

NormanF on June 8, 2009 at 3:43 pm

If we want true equality in hiring practices(which of course the Left DOESN’T WANT), employers should take gender/race/religion and the like out of the equation entirely. With no requirements to hire a certain percentage of women or minorities, candidates will have to be judged solely on thier resumes and applicable credentials.
What would result would be: better employees hand picked for thier skills, all people treated THE SAME regardless of race/gender/religion, no underqualified candidates filling positions only because of racist/sexist quotas.

DontTreadOnMe on June 8, 2009 at 3:59 pm

It’s the same thing that was done with housing. The government set mandates and caused the bar to be lowered. What did we get? Economic depression. What disaster can we expect from this one? Lessons are never learned.

norman on June 8, 2009 at 4:17 pm

I look forward to the new pushup bras these scientists will develop as well as the automated brow-beating machines for their insignificant others.

ryukyu on June 8, 2009 at 6:02 pm

Sigh, MLK must be rolling over in his grave-he wanted equality, not special treatment

mindy1 on June 8, 2009 at 7:39 pm

You are quite right about this topic. Has society been ill served by men leading in science and engineering? Liberals should just leave well enough alone. The No Nonsense Man also has a great article about the same topic. Great minds think alike.

californiascreaming on June 8, 2009 at 9:24 pm

On a similar note, this article shows how the economy has come full-circle with the dating world. “Unemployed men struggle in dating”

californiascreaming on June 8, 2009 at 10:34 pm

My brother is a hardcore Lib science professor at MIT. He’s been a vocal advocate for recruiting more women to the faculty and trying to get more women into graduate studies. His daughter is starting college in the fall and will be majoring in science. I asked if he was hoping she’d become a science professor like her father. His response? No way, she’s going to be a doctor so that she can make “good” money. Well, maybe that’s why so few women want to become science professors (or professors in general): they work their tails off for years for low pay and neglible rewards. As for his daughter making money as a doctor: good luck with that once Obamacare is forced down our throats.

Kalifornia Kafir on June 9, 2009 at 12:49 pm

I went back to college in the mid 1990’s to further my education, boy what a shock. I graduated from a top University in the late 1970’s and could not believe the hostile environment on campus both in the classroom and interacting with staff on the campus today. I thought I was in a time warp.
Men are outnumbered and treated like crap. College is being dumbed down for people who never would have made it in the University when I went to college. They would have been flunked out or not admitted from the get go. Here is an example to illustrate what the point:
I was taking a advanced science class and the professor, a woman, assigned a term paper at the beginning of the class due 4 weeks before the end of the class. We were being graded on the curve competing against others in the class.
My classmate, the only other man in the course asked me to look in the professor’s out box. He showed me a term paper in the professor’s box with a B+ “Very Good” on the front that had been turned in 2 weeks late by a woman who was on Federal Assistance. The paper was written in pencil on notebook paper torn out of a spiral notebook.
My friend and I went to the professor to protest the grade (remember we were being graded on a curve) she gave this young woman on a “late” term paper. She told us “She is a single mother and has to be given credit for the circumstances in her life as well as the assignment”
When I went to Cal Poly this paper would have not only received an “F” the professor more than likely would have refused to accept a term paper written in pencil on spiral notebook paper and not typed double spaced.
My friend took his complaint to the Dean and they refused to do anything about it however we both received A’s in the class.
Frankly, I do not know why a white male would go to college today especially since he probably will never be hired due to influx of H1B visa holders and affirmative action.
That is the subject of another rant.

ScottyDog on June 9, 2009 at 3:08 pm

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