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In U.S. academia, fields that cherish sheer genius shun women

A woman lies in the grass while reading a book, at Columbia University in New York  In U.S. academia, fields that cherish sheer genius shun women 2015 01 15T204323Z 1 LYNXMPEB0E0WU RTROPTP 2 USABy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) – For academic fields whose members revere a "spark of genius" above all other qualities, there is a disquieting message at U.S. colleges and universities: women need not apply. The researchers surveyed 1,820 graduate students, post-doctoral researchers and faculty members in 30 academic disciplines at public and private institutions around the United States. They were asked to identify the attributes needed to succeed in their academic fields, which spanned natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, engineering and others. The disciplines in which the "spark of genius" was least emphasized such as education, psychology and anthropology had greater numbers of women.


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