While not a STEM field, politics is another area in which women are greatly underrepresented. There are only 84 women in the House of Representatives and only 20 Senators are women. Lawrence Summers claimed that men are more willing to put in the hard work required to be very successful in STEM fields, but after the blizzard in Washington the women in the Senate proved that they, too, were willing to work hard. On Tuesday, the only people who showed up to work in the Senate were women. I think that is telling enough that maybe the underrepresentation of women is society’s fault and not actually the women’s.
This incident reminds me of something I read a few years ago about Ruth Bader, a justice on the Supreme Court. When asked when she believed there would be enough women on the court, she replied that she thought there would be enough when there were nine. Now, in case you didn’t know, that would mean that the entire Supreme Court would be composed of women. That sounded unreasonable to me and many others, but, as she said, “For most of the country’s history, there were nine and they were all men. Nobody thought that was strange.” She has a fair point.
Here is the article about the all-women Senate: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/reliable-source/wp/2016/01/26/post-blizzard-sen-murkowski-notes-that-only-women-turned-up-to-run-the-senate/
Here is a little article about Bader’s interview: http://www.salon.com/2014/10/20/ruth_bader_ginsburg_wants_to_see_9_women_on_the_supreme_court/