My father literally is half Dinosaur and half Feminist. On good days, his feminist side wins out. Despite our many differences, I am grateful to him for helping to shape my belief that there are virtually no limits to what we women can achieve. Although the Larry Summers debacle is old news, I thought I would share this email my dad sent me today:
Regarding the idea that women are not as good as men in math and science, such generalizations are probably fatuous and based on anecdotal extrapolations. But even if some day we can prove it true, it would be quite irrelevant since many women can and do trump many men in science, and the number of women in science is increasing. Even in my day [as a graduate level science student more than 40 years ago], I knew a number of women in physics and astronomy.
One should consider the case of Lisa Randall, who (besides being a real babe) is probably the most influential theoretical physicist over the past several years. Her work has revolutionized cosmology and particle physics. She may become recognized as the Einstein of the 21st century. She's a full professor at Harvard and you ought to check her out on Harvard's website. Her presence on the Harvard faculty should be a real kick in the crotch to Harvard president Larry Summers.
Tee hee. The website has some good links to articles Randall has written for a lay readership. I may try to get my mind around them this weekend. I kind of stalled on Newtonian physics so string theory and supersymmetry may be beyond me.