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Monday, November 06, 2017

PhD: Pushing women into STEM could 'diminish their happiness' | Campus Reform

  • A newly-minted sociology PhD from Emory University argues in a new book that efforts to get more women into STEM fields could actually "diminish their happiness."
  • Citing research indicating that men and women tend to have different academic interests, Chris Martin argues that the primary consideration is whether women are "fulfilled in careers they choose."

Photo: Toni Airaksinen
"An Emory University academic argued in a recently published book that pushing women into STEM disciplines could, in fact, “diminish their happiness.”" says Toni Airaksinen, New York Campus Correspondent.
Photo: Campus Reform

Chris Martin, who recently earned a PhD in sociology from Emory University, argued that pushing women into STEM fields could reduce their happiness because they may be more likely to enjoy other academic fields, such as psychology or sociology.

“Attempts to create parity in STEM can involve pulling women out of fields that they are intrinsically motivated to pursue, which could diminish their happiness,” Martin wrote, pointing to research that shows men are, generally speaking, more interested in “things” while women are drawn to “people.”

Additionally, Martin told Campus Reform that people shouldn’t impose on women’s freedom to choose which field they study...

Politics of Social Psychology
 (Frontiers of Social Psychology)

Martin published his thoughts in the recent anthology Politics of Social Psychology Research, which was co-edited by Rutgers University Professor Lee Jussim, who has long been a vocal advocate on such issues.

Source: Campus Reform