Do All Or Most Women Innately Prefer Non-Tech Careers? Re: James Damore Google Memo (part 2)
Continued from Part 1
Are Schools or Pedagogical Systems Designed to Favor Girls Over Boys? No, Not By and Large
(Summary of blog post: Due to gender stereotypes and unconscious bias by teachers, many girls are discouraged from entering STEM fields, taking more math and science courses)
More links and excerpts this page debunking and criticizing the concept that women innately prefer non-tech careers; also, bottom of this post: links refuting Hakim’s Preference Theory about women and careers.
Damore mostly denies that social conditioning plays a role in women’s career choices, as does some Finnish study or some such that Lydia (who harasses me on Twitter – and which I may blog about more in the future) keeps mentioning.
The following material not only argues against innate preferences but offers pro-social conditioning arguments as a factor in women’s career choices.
Using Biology to Debunk Google Memo on Women
A software engineer at Google cited biology when he issued a memo explaining the technology industry’s gender gap.
However, experts are quick to point out that biology alone can’t explain the high tech world’s gap between men and women.
Several meta-analyses, experts said, show that there are only small biological differences between men and women.
And the biggest one is obvious: physical strength.
In his 10-page memo, Google engineer James Damore said that “on average, men and women biologically differ in many ways.”
These differences aren’t “social constructs,” he added.
“That memo is roughly the equivalent of a memo denying climate change,” Janet Shibley Hyde, director of the Center for Research on Gender and Women at the University of Wisconsin, told Healthline. “It contains many scientific inaccuracies. And he equates biological with immutable. Yet modern neuroscience research, for example, emphasizes neural plasticity.”
Men and women are more similar than we think, said Hyde.
“The average differences between the sexes are small compared to variations within a gender,” she said. “Damore cherry-picked one small wing of science.”