101 Essay #4 - Women Can Choose whether to Be in Science In...

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Women Can Choose whether to Be in Science In “Don’t Let Social Notions Curb Ability,” Ilana Fried responds to the remarks made by Harvard University President Lawrence H. Summers that biological differences “may render some females less qualified for the scientific and engineering worlds,” and these differences lead to fewer women than men be in science (Fried 482). With regard to these comments, Fried does not take an either-or position. Instead of coming down Summers’s perspective as most people doing to him, Fried is kind of giving another point of view. She acknowledges that women’s scientific abilities to some extent are influenced by something innate. But she does not think “innate differences” between genders play a significant role in deciding women’s presence or absence, success or failure in scientific and engineering worlds. It is more about issue of choice. According to Fried’s examples in her essay, I agree with the conclusions she comes to. Indeed, inborn differences between men and women partly cause women’s scarcity in the fields of science and engineering. However, these differences neither discourage nor stop their progress in these fields. Women are taking what they think mostly fit them, and more and more
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101 Essay #4 - Women Can Choose whether to Be in Science In...

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