There has never been a better time for American women to enter academic careers in math-intensive science fields. That's the message Cornell University psychologist Stephen Ceci says he was hoping to get across in an op-ed he and Wendy Williams, also a Cornell psychologist, recently published in The New York Times. But the 31 October article, based on an extensive study of U.S. government data and the existing literature, left some readers unconvinced and others outright angry. The op-ed ran under a provocative headline: "Academic Science Isn't Sexist." The outcry on blogs and Twitter was swift. But some accepted the authors' findings about how women are faring in physics, math, engineering, and similar fields, while rejecting their optimistic analysis.
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