Monday, July 14, 2008

Links ...

Aurelie Thiele on the salaries of French researchers.

ABC News: Why do women leave science careers?

Are the gender differences all that significant? Daisy Grewal has a post on the Gender Similarities Model:

... [G]ender differences in math and verbal ability overall are quite small. Moreover, gender differences in traits like assertiveness, self-esteem, and even height are also quite small.

The question is then, why do most of us believe so strongly in gender differences despite the evidence that shows they are minimal for most things? For one, overinflated claims of gender differences appeal more to our intuitions. They sell more magazines and newspapers. They make for interesting non-fiction book titles, and they allow researchers to publish papers that gain them scientific recognition. Perhaps we start out believing in gender differences and therefore see them wherever we look.