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posted by janrinok on Wednesday March 12 2014, @08:35PM   Printer-friendly
from the this-will-not-be-controversial-oh-no-sir dept.

GungnirSniper writes:

"Catherine Rampell at The Washington Post has 'A message to the nation's women: Stop trying to be straight-A students.'

In her analysis of others' findings, she writes of a discouragement gradient that pushes women out of harder college degrees, including economics and other STEM degrees. Men do not seem to have a similar discouragement gradient, so they stay in harder degree programs and ultimately earn more. Data suggests that women might also value high grades more than men do and sort themselves into fields where grading curves are more lenient.

'Maybe women just don't want to get things wrong,' Goldin hypothesized. 'They don't want to walk around being a B-minus student in something. They want to find something they can be an A student in. They want something where the professor will pat them on the back and say "You're doing so well!"'

'Guys,' she added, 'don't seem to give two damns.'

Why are women in college moving away from harder degrees?"

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  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by O3K on Wednesday March 12 2014, @09:05PM

    by O3K (963) on Wednesday March 12 2014, @09:05PM (#15529)

    Why do I never have mod points when there's a comment worth modding (up)????

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  • (Score: 3, Funny) by wjwlsn on Wednesday March 12 2014, @09:14PM

    by wjwlsn (171) on Wednesday March 12 2014, @09:14PM (#15535) Homepage Journal

    I actually expect this to continue being modded down... :)

    (There's already been one Overrated... now I'm waiting for the Flamebait and Troll ratings to appear. Also, if I manage to get all three of those and Funny and Insightful ratings, I will be extremely happy.)

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