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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Gender Gap at Liberal Harvard

Liberals are constantly complaining about a “gender gap” in politics, and use the issue to push their feminist agenda on Republicans. Supposedly there is a “war on women” that somehow causes women to vote more for Democrats than for Republicans. This gender gap would allegedly disappear, liberals pretend, if Republicans would only adopt the feminist agenda of taxpayer-funded daycare, assigning women in combat, and more abortion on demand.

But it turns out that one of the biggest gender gaps is at liberal Harvard, where feminists have enormous control. The two most liberal Justices on the U.S. Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan, both had ties to Harvard, and Kagan even served as Dean of its law school. Yet new data from Harvard reveal that fewer than 25% of the students in Computer Science department is comprised of women. In the popular introductory course to computer science, males outnumber females by a two-to-one ratio. The faculty in Harvard’s Computer Science department is mostly men, too.

It was more than a decade ago that Harvard President Lawrence Summers, who had been a high-ranking Cabinet official for President Clinton, merely suggested as a possibility that there may be fewer women at the top levels of science because of “issues of intrinsic aptitude.” This ignited a firestorm of outrage by feminists in higher education. Feminists deny important differences between men and women, and it was heresy for Summers to suggest even the possibility of a mental difference. He apologized repeatedly for his transgression against feminist orthodoxy.

It’s been eleven years since the Summers’ flap, but Harvard still has a gender gap in Computer Science that is much bigger than the ones that Harvard professors complain about in politics.

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