posted on Apr, 17 2012 @ 09:35 AM
Originally posted by AnIntellectualRedneck
I think that a lot of the reason you don't see girls in hard sciences and such has a lot to do with cultural gender biases that have more to do with
soft skills. I can tell you from personal experience that there are certain skills that one needs to have a decent grasp on to succeed in higher math,
like abstract thinking and problem solving.
Tell that to a single mother raising her children with a drunkard absent father on a very small budget. They can be very creative and think outside
the box to make things stretch and meet their children's needs. Most People of either gender will rise to the occasion when push comes to shove
But let's think about this. Abstract thinking and problem solving are the kinds of skills that boys are more developed in traditional male
activities. Problem solving is a major part of repair work or hunting, majorly male activities. Abstract thinking is also more developed in things
like sports or video games, both considered guy things.
I read someplace once [Whether its true or not I cannot confirm but it made sense] The majority of females are actually better at Math and problem
solving in the early years of their lives but later, as they grow and reach their mid to late teens their interests change [There are always
exceptions] while males pick up the pace.
I've seen plenty of female CPA's and others in equally demanding career fields. Personally, I think it's a combination of things working against
them. Mostly due to two factors. [There are always exceptions] Biological and Cultural. In most cultures around the globe females are not directed
into certain fields by their families/friends. [There are always exceptions] and Biologically speaking, females have their biological clock ticking
away and calling them to have children and raising a family which generally derails the time needed to apply themselves in developing a career in a
demanding field [There are always exceptions]
I really think that this lack of girls comes from them simply not having the necessary neural makeup and soft skills to succeed because they
didn't develop them.
Same as the above poster, I too have a daughter who is just under a year away from earning her dual degrees. If she chooses to later to raise a family
full time at least we as parents have given her the tools and opportunity and supported her efforts towards obtaining her goals and she has the basic
foundations to accomplish whatever she chooses to do with her life. That's her business....