Women and Men Are Equal

By Walter E. Williams

Men and Women Gender Equal
Women and Men Are Equal
Walter E. Williams
Walter E. Williams

USA – -(Ammoland.com)- Google fired software engineer James Damore for writing a 10-page memo critical of the company's diversity policy.

The memo violated the company's code of conduct by “advancing harmful gender stereotypes” by suggesting that biological factors were part of the cause for the male/female gap in the tech industry.

I shall make the case that Google's actions were totally justified. Other than differences in certain physical attributes such as genitalia, capacity to give birth and the presence of functional mammary glands, males and females are identical in every other respect.

Any remaining male/female differences are a direct result of oppression, discrimination and victimization by the larger society.

To examine just one aspect of female victimization, let's examine the majors of female college students compared to their male counterparts.

According to a study by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, there are significant sex differences in college majors. For example, though women and men are equally represented in the population at large, women make up only 17 percent of engineering degrees conferred compared to 83 percent conferred to men. How can such a gross disparity be explained? I recommend an investigation to discover whether colleges are steering women away from higher-paying fields such as engineering and into lower-paying fields such as education and social sciences.

Seventy-seven percent of education majors are women and so are 64 percent of social sciences majors.

One wonders how such a disparity among equals can exist. I have personally visited George Mason Univeristy's Volgenau School of Engineering. There are no signs forbidding women from becoming an engineering major. But just because there are no visible prohibitions doesn't mean there is no evil plot against women. A number of years ago, I took a tour of UC Berkeley College of Engineering. Not only did I observe a paucity of women but also, because of the racial appearances of the students in some of the classes, I could have easily been in Asia. Colleges have the power to ensure that there are just as many female as male engineering majors. They can mandate that fewer female freshmen major in social sciences and education and instead major in engineering. To balance this all out they can disallow large numbers of men from majoring in engineering and instead force them to major in education or the social sciences.

Although Damore's memo was seen by Google as “advancing harmful gender stereotypes,” at least he didn't make any suggestion of male/female IQ differences. Doing so would have led not only to his firing but being ordered to leave the state of California. A number of studies show that male IQ has greater variance than female IQ. In other words, female IQs show less variance and cluster toward the middle. Males IQs have more variance and therefore occupy the extreme high and low ends on the intelligence scale. That boils down to the fact that there are more male than female geniuses. But on the down side there are more male than female morons. Since men run the IQ tests and probably rig it against women, the claim that there are more male geniuses could be bogus.

Kay S. Hymowitz's City Journal (summer 2011) article, “Why the Gender Gap Won't Go Away. Ever,” shows that female doctors earn only 64 percent of what male doctors earn. But it turns out that only 16 percent of surgeons are women, whereas 50 percent of pediatricians are women. Even though surgeons have put in many more years of education and training than pediatricians and earn higher pay, should their salaries be equalized? Alternatively, medical schools might force more female medical students to become surgeons and force male students to become pediatricians to promote wage equality.

You say, “Are you serious, Williams? Or are you making light of the Google firing of James Damore?”

My vision is that Damore has the right to say whatever he wishes about the company's racist and sexist diversity policy, and Google has the right to fire him for saying it.

About Walter E.Williams

Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University. Williams is also the author of several books. Among these are The State Against Blacks, later made into a television documentary, America: A Minority Viewpoint, All It Takes Is Guts, South Africa's War Against Capitalism, More Liberty Means Less Government, Liberty Versus The Tyranny of Socialism, and recently his autobiography, Up From The Projects.

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Gus

Hormones change a lot when it comes to how people possess information

Alan
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Alan

As the French say, Vivre la difference.

Jim
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Yes, why is Ammoland putting this simpleton, racketeer, 18-hour a week full-time overpaid (4 hours office where he is never there in his office, and other 18 hours to grade papers/prepare for class where he is using 20 year old data/textbooks, etc.; I’ve had 6 economics courses and they all come down to supply and demand; he’s got a real cushy job where he neither has to use his brain or his back) Williams up on this site as an article? Professor Williams has had other articles put up by Ammoland and they are always missing substantial facts and much… Read more »

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why is this abomination of an article on ammoland? someone get this guy to the home.

vab
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vab

Yes, people just cannot accept the fact that men and women are equal. But “equal” does not mean “the same.” One gender has its strengths, and the other gender possesses its own but different strengths. When the two are joined, there is a wholeness or completeness that neither can obtain on his/her own. If each were complete and whole on their own, then why would there be two genders?

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Equality, to the feminists, ignores physiology and basic biology. We ARE different for a reason. We were built/designed that way to compliment each other and successfully propagate the species. No amount of social engineering, legislation or political correctness will be able to change that fact, no matter how hard liberals try.

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So Mr. Williams, God made women and men equal in upper body strength? Due to affirmative action they lower the standards for woman but the pay/salary is the same for men and women. E.i. police testing…a male has to do 20 chin-ups to pass a police physical test, while the woman must hang from the chin-up bar for 25 seconds and she passes the physical test too. Then it is said that the men and woman police are equal. This, due to affirmative action with many jobs where physical upper body strength is imperative to carry out the job at… Read more »

Roy D.
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Roy D.

Mr. Williams, what you did there, I saw it.

Dave in Fairfax
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Dave in Fairfax

Apparently a lot of the others missed it. Good on ya.

GCran
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Tongue in cheek… Amen!