Monday, September 16, 2013

Monday Morning Reality Check- Girls Don't Suck at Math

 You've probably already seen this since it's kinda old, but whatevs...



Now I'm not a computer scientist, but engineering falls under the same stereotype: "I'm too girly for math, let's go shopping." Crap like this and this. And engineering, like CS, requires only moderate use of actual math... once you've got the degree you can basically get machines (but not your brother) to do it for you.

There is no gender/biological difference that makes all men good at math while making all women good at shopping (For me, shopping is a necessary evil since its frowned on to go to my nice engineering job with holes in my clothing).

I wish I could say things are different regarding women in STEM fields since the days when my mother got her Chemical Engineering degree, but they really aren't... women still overwhelmingly do not choose technical degrees. And that's weird and it sucks, and stereotypes that a) girls are bad at math or b) being pretty means you shouldn't have to do your own homework are NOT helping.

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  1. And engineering, like CS, requires only moderate use of actual math... once you've got the degree you can basically get machines (but not your brother) to do it for you.

    Depends on what you mean by "CS". Software engineering probably won't use a *lot* of math, but actual computer science is basically all math. Even if you're going to do software engineering, you should learn the math, 'cos math makes you a better person.

    I think it's inaccurate to say that things aren't different now than in our parents' days. My mother was told, point blank, by the head of the department, that no woman was going to graduate in physics on his watch. That's both legally and socially unacceptable now, which is a step. It's an awfully small step to have been made in thirty or forty years, though.

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    1. I don't know much about CS, I'm just basing it off what she says on slide 16.
      Likely engineering uses even less, because we get people in CS to write programs to do the hard math for us. That said, you definitely should know math... how do people live without being to at least understand taxes, interest rates, gas mileage, and their grocery bill?

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  2. Math is awesome. I love math...and I'm good at it. :)

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