More on Title IX for Science

Tom Swanson gives another reason why trying to apply Title IX to science the same way it has been applied to sports is a bad idea.

Men and women don’t compete with and against each other in these sporting events. Title IX has been very successful at expanding womens’ participation in sports, because it focused on equality of opportunity and did not assume equality of ability — women are not fighting for a roster spot on a single football, soccer or baseball team, etc. Title IX did not require adopting direct competition between the sexes; there are obvious physiological differences that make this impractical. Certainly there are situations where the women would do better (the uneven parallel bars in gymnastics springs painfully to mind), but would have anywhere close to a 50-50 mix in most sports, if we had mixed-gender teams and ability were the only metric? The lack of opportunity for women that prompted Title IX was the lack of teams on which they could compete, and one could (and did) create and fund these teams. The situation in science is very much different in the difficulties that exist and the solutions that can be proffered.

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One Response to “More on Title IX for Science”

  1. invincibleprobity Says:

    You might be interested in a slightly different take on Title IX posted at

    http://invincibleprobity.wordpress.com/2011/03/28/why-are-american-men-so-dumb/

    “Why Are American Men So Dumb?”

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