The Gender Trap

http://www.cbc.ca/ideas/episodes/2012/04/25/the-gender-trap-part-1/

So this isn’t women in tech specific, but it is about the strong evidence that exists showing that gender differences are almost entirely learned, and I think that goes to the heart of why girls and women self-select out of the hard sciences and engineering.

Some highlights:

  • It’s much sexier in academia to publish a paper validating innate differences between the sexes than it is to refute them;
  • Hasboro’s “Pink Hotwheels for Her” with a prefab track that goes straight to the hair salon is grounds for a riot.
  • CBC radio holds a place in my heart that NPR just never will. Sigh.

A related analysis of where Lego went so, so wrong:

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