It comes up a lot in discussions of women in computer science, women who write code, women in open source. Eventually, someone brings up the fact that women score slightly lower on math tests. Clearly, they claim, this biological inferiority must explain why there are fewer women in math heavy fields. It sounds like a compelling reason, and it gets a lot of play. Except, you know what? It’s a lie. I’m a mathematician. I’ve looked at those numbers, I’ve read some papers. The research into biologically-linked ability is fascinating, but it simply isn’t significant enough to explain the huge gender gap we see in the real world. I used to do this presentation on the back of a napkin for people who tried to spout this misconception to my face, and I finally put it online: How does biology explain the low numbers of women in CS? Hint: it doesn’t.

How does biology explain the low numbers of women in computer science? Hint: it doesn’t.

Good News, Everyone! Complaining Worked

Today’s post was going to be about the mandatory gender field in google+. If you’re reading this, you probably already know what google+ is, but just in case you don’t Ill give a summary. It’s a new social networking service created by Google. It’s currently in beta testing, but chances are if you’re one of […]