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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: 1, Flamebait) by FuckBeta on Thursday March 13 2014, @11:49AM

    by FuckBeta (1504) on Thursday March 13 2014, @11:49AM (#15807) Homepage

    These women don't have objective standards. Think about this for a minute.

    Right or wrong to them comes from whether their social group approves or disapproves. Now what sort of morality do you have with no objective measures of right and wrong?

    And this is exactly why they are intimidated by hard sciences.

    "especially if the person providing the correct answer/method/showing her where her process went wrong doesn't have a lot of sex appeal."

    Too true.

    Quit Slashdot...because Fuck Beta!
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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 14 2014, @01:33PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 14 2014, @01:33PM (#16351)

    These women don't have objective standards.

    Which women? The ones in the study? Velex's hypothetical "cis women [who] abhor fields with objectively correct and incorrect answers"? All women?