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"In studies, men overestimate their abilities and performance, and women underestimate both. Their performances do not differ in quality."
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"After decades of decline in the number of "stay-at-home" moms in the U.S., the trend has reversed, with 29 percent of women with children saying they are not employed in the outside workforce...married mothers with working husbands were considerably more likely to be stay-at-home by choice, with 85 percent saying they did not work outside in order to care for family. Single mothers were least likely to say that (41 percent)."

The problem is going to be what happens when their children are school age, and these women want to re-enter their career path. They are in for a rude awakening when they realize that, as far as the workplace is concerned, they are poor employment bets because they refused to marry their careers and sacrifice their kids' childhoods.

You see, people still think women are EITHER career women or stay-at-home moms, and you have to choose which. But in reality, most women undergo shifts in focus during childbearing years. When we have young children, our focus shifts to the home front until the kids are school age. Before and after that, we're all about career. If you have your kids before launching your career, no problem. If you launch your career first and it is one that allows you to step out or step down for a while, no problem. But most jobs and career tracks demand a full steam ahead, nonstop climb from start to finish. There is no time out allowed.

In academia, about 50% of assistant professors are female, about 40% are associate, and only 25% are full professors. This has been true for decades, and in my opinion here is why: Because women devote more time to parenting when kids are young, and that "time out" (even if you're tenured) means that your vita is not going to be as long a man's.

Of the female full professors I know, the husband is the full-time parent, adjunct professor, or work-at-home-entrepreneur. And these husbands face the same challenges when they try to return to their careers.

So how about we actually admit that caring for young children is a time-consuming parental DUTY that benefits society, and modify our ideas surrounding "ideal employees" to accommodate that fact? Simply don't hold those "time out years" against people when they re-enter the workplace. Is that really asking too much?

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/09/301005989/in-turnaround-more-moms-are-staying-home-study-says?ft=1&f=1001
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The comments following this appalling piece in the Chronicle that trivializes the plight of adjuncts are very enlightening. Notice the "blame and shame" evident in the posts by tenure-stream faculty--that adjuncts are paid what they're worth, that they are lucky to have jobs at all, that they are obviously inferior academics.

This is what comes of being part of a privileged aristocracy--becoming out of touch with reality. So many tenured folks don't seem to get what's happened in the academy over the past 20 years. They see their numbers shrinking and their "own kind" getting replaced with "losers" who are willing to work without tenure. They don't get that these "losers" are in reality the very same people who would have been hired as tenured or tenure-track faculty had those positions been available.

Adjuncts today are NOT simply ABD's with poor credentials. They are PhDs with outstanding credentials who had the misfortune to be looking for jobs during one of the worst job markets and economic downturns in recent history.

So these people are decidedly NOT being paid what they're worth, nor should they feel lucky to "have a job at all". The contempt the tenure stream feels for adjuncts is EXACTLY the same contempt every privileged class feels and has felt for those in less privileged classes since the beginning of time. The only real difference is that they consider themselves true liberals who support attempts to fight inequities and prejudice in every arena EXCEPT their own backyards.

It is a marvel to watch this oft-repeated class warfare drama take root and spread within the hallowed Ivory Tower.
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Well, sorry Murray, but here is another case of a pet theory getting annihilated by brute facts: Men score one point lower than women on the analytic section of the General Graduate Record Examination, and they show only an insignificant 5-point advantage over women on the quantitative section. http://www.ets.org/s/gre/pdf/snapshot.pdf
The conservative author believes that women have contributed little to major philosophical traditions because men are better abstract thinkers. 
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Four simple principles have a powerful impact on learning, making it faster, simpler, and more enduring.
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Only 14% of engineers are women. Why is this a problem?
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Please support this Act. This is a practice that has been in use among Saddlebred breeders and competitors for decades. They like to make the horse draw his front feet up ridiculously high while walking or trotting, so they pour corrosive liquids on their front legs and trim their front feet into points. The result is that the horse's legs and feet are so sore that they reflexively recoil from the pain every time a front foot hits the ground. They also train horses to do this by putting chains on their front feet. The crowds cheer as they watch the horses proceed around the arena in this pain-induced unnatural gait. It is a cruel "sport" and should have been outlawed decades ago. HSUS has finally gotten enough support to take a stand on this, but they need your help.
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