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Verizon and the “Girls in Engineering” Ad July 22, 2014

Posted by geoff in News.

I’m sure Verizon had the best intentions when it made its Inspire Her Mind ad, but come on. Christina Hoff Sommers did a fair job of debunking it, but she didn’t present any data of her own.

Fortunately you have me for that.

So, going to the National Science Foundation database, we can look at their data for five years (2008 – 2012) and find the answer to the question: “How many females and males graduated in Science and Engineering in the US for that 5-year period?”

Females: 1,345,071
Males: 1,325,601

Doesn’t seem like girls are being disproportionately discouraged by subtle signals from a patriarchal society.


1. Cathy - July 22, 2014

I recall back in the late sixties early seventies when Rolla School of Mines (University of Missouri – Rolla) only had about 8 women one year and then it jumped to 20 women TOTAL enrolled in their university of tens of thousands.

I was gifted very in math, mechanical reasoning. and spacial relations and could have been accepted there — but on my own chose another avenue.

I’m glad that things are different now — that young women are encouraged to seek out and pursue their giftedness.

I think it’s about a tipping point.

2. geoff - July 22, 2014

Yes, back in the 60s and 70s it was a completely different story. When I entered as an undergraduate in ’78, the freshman class was only 22% women. Now it’s over half.

The change was necessary and welcome, but at this point I think they can stop with the pulling of heartstrings and simply declare victory.

3. daveintexas - July 23, 2014

>> and spacial relations

What was so spacial about them?


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