Academic Fields That Cherish Sheer Genius Shun Women

By Will Dunham
WASHINGTON, Jan 15 (Reuters) – For academic fields whose members revere a “spark of genius” above all other qualities, there is a disquieting message at U.S. colleges and universities: women need not apply.
That’s the findings of research published on Thursday that sought to get to the bottom of why women are under-represented in a range of academic disciplines including some in science and math but also in other areas such as philosophy.
The researchers surveyed 1,820 graduate students, post-doctoral researchers and faculty members in 30 academic disciplines at public and private institutions around the United States. They were asked to identify the attributes needed to succeed in their academic fields, which spanned natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, engineering and others.
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