For John, BLUF: Every news story needs to be questioned. Nothing to see here; just move along.
My Middle Brother, Lance, send along this NPR story about women in the engineering career fields. The story tells us that 38% of women who enter the engineering fields drop out, and the story puts the blame on the culture, which is described, at one point, as being afflicted by, amongst other things, "white mid-western male syndrome". I can remember when white mid-western males were considered the salt of the earth and the group that made this nation great.♠ Oh well, sic transit gloria.
One thing struck me about the story. There is no basis for comparison. The 38% is deemed too high and that is it. No discussion of the male washout rate.
There is discussion of culture and the glass ceiling, long hours and career focused expect ions. None about how engineering is a challenging area, with great achievements and sometimes great failures. No discussion of if the SR-71, or the trip to the Moon or the invention of the light bulb could have happened, or have happened as soon, in a different environment.
Where is Paul Harvey when you need him, to give us "the rest of the story".
Regards — Cliff
♠ Frankly, I think the use of "white male" marks the speaker or writer as someone who is trying to work out their hostility toward Caucasian males. It is petty, but it is also likely hypocritical. We are soon to be the new minority. Give us the respect demanded for all other minorities.