According to an article in a recent Chronicle of Higher Education,
Two U.S. senators accepted a petition on Wednesday that asks Congress to do something about the limited involvement of women in the sciences, mathematics, and engineering.
The petition, signed by 6,000 scientists, engineers, and educators, was addressed to Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat of Oregon, and Sen. George Allen, a Republican of Virginia. The senators led hearings on the issue in 2002. The petition asks Congress to examine why women are not entering the fields in numbers similar to those of men, and to make efforts to reverse that trend.
“An in-depth investigation of the problem,” the petition says, “should include the cultural factors and economic factors affecting women in these fields, possible gender discrimination in these areas, federal laws that may help address any inequities, including Title IX of the Education Act, and specific actions that may help increase opportunities for women.”
Perhaps, along the way, it might also be useful for the Senators to identify any math or science programs that actually limit opportunities for women.
Oh, wait. I forgot. In our new victim-laden world, “underrepresentation,” i.e., fewer numbers of any group doing something than one thinks should be doing it, can only be the result of lack of opportunity.
ADDENDUM [16 May]
Hmm. Perhaps drafting women and sending them off to engineering school could be combined with drafting minority students who otherwise would choose to attend historically black colleges, sending them to colleges that are woefully white and, as a result, offer their current students an education that is fatally flawed by the absence of sufficient pigmentary “diversity” …
ADDENDUM II [17 May]
… and after those minority students are admitted, Woefully White U. should then take affirmative action to ensure that they actually provide “diversity” by limiting the number of minority students who can enroll in any one class, encouraging them to enroll or even assigning them to classes that are the most un-diverse, etc. Although this imposition on individual choice may seem draconian, it is really not that different from from requiring students admitted with, say, football scholarships to play football, etc.