Friday, January 26, 2007


A few headlines for today...gender stereotypes

Implicit stereotypes and gender identification may affect female math performance, say researchers at the University of Michigan. According to this study of college-age calculus students, even women who believe that they have equal competency to men in math can be hindered by a perception of femininity that discludes math and science.

More on gender stereotyping in the sciences: Women in Computing at IU, a women's student group at the School of Informatics at Indiana University helps "de-mystify and de-geekify" computer science for K-12 girls and minorities in order to break down the classic awkward white male computer nerd stereotype that has overwhelmed the field.

Pretty cool: Yesterday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Thomas Friedman asked Princess Lolwah Al-Faisal, the most prominent princess in Saurdi Arabia's royal family, what she would do if she were queen for a day. Al-Faisal responded that first, she'd let women drive—according to the article, even though many jobs in Saudi Arabia have been opened up to women, their inability to drive hinders their ability to work or get to school. Unless they have enough money for a male driver or can rely on a male relative, they are out of luck—i.e., the ban especially hurts poor women. Al-Faisal's comment was a rare departure from the normally united front of the royal family; she has not agitated for 'driving rights before.' Apparently the argument by conservatives in the country is that if women are allowed to drive, moral corruption will rise because they will begin interacting "with men who are not relatives in places such as gas stations."

Women in Nigeria buck traditional gender roles by working as mechanics


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