Very interesting piece. Not that I flat-out disagree with you but I do observe some points you make where you’re drawing a subjective conclusion (which is perfectly OK) no different than James Damore’s…

You seem to have rationalized Mr. Damore as being innocently ignorant instead of the typical misogynistic caricature stereotypically protrayed today.

But your own experience seems to VALIDATE Mr. Damore’s view. You were clearly a minority at Cornell but not the ONLY woman. You didn’t mention any incidences of men telling you that “you don’t belong” in Computer Science…

As long as women are not being dissuaded or discriminated against, it MAY BE that, gee… Men and women each have INHERENTLY different natures.

Imagine that…

You may be focusing on the effect without looking at the cause, or the “real” cause (remember that correlation is not causation). For example, you also mentioned the pay inequality…

By way of background, I worked at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories for 20 years and in my observation of the many labs we had (then. This was from the 1980’s to 2000). HP Labs was involved in Materials Science, Medical Technology, Digital Photography, 3D Digital Imaging, Printing Technology, Internet Technology, there were MANY brilliant female scientists, but relatively few programmers. There was certainly NO discimination. In my experience, what I found is that women are “generally” drawn to tangible, physical science and conversely, NOT drawn toward abstract science, of which programming very much is).

It just may be that women TEND to not be “wired” for programming, and you know what?

THAT’S OK…

Getting back to cause and effect, which relates to both pay and being a minority in certain fields, the obvious (from my experience) cause is that men are INHERENTLY more competitive and aggressive. Period. They push harder for more money and they get it.

There seems to be sufficient buffers in the workplace to compensate for some inequalities but there ARE and probably ALWAYS WILL BE some, what you might call “inequality” but which I observe as our inherent differences.

Vivé le difference!

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