If you're familiar with Title IX, you probably just think of it as the law forbidding gender discrimination in college and high school sports. But in actuality, the law forbids gender discrimination in all forms of education, and there's a growing call to apply Title IX to science departments receiving federal grants. As we've discussed before, women are opting out of "hard science" fields like physics and chemistry, though they are the majority in sciences like psychology and biology. Opponents of applying Title IX to science departments say that male bias is not to blame for the disparity — female choice is. The NY Times' John Tierney quotes columnist cum clinical psychologist Susan Pinker: "Creating equal opportunities for women does not mean that they'll choose what men choose in equal numbers. The freedom to act on one's preferences can create a more exaggerated gender split in some fields."
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