Yahoo comes up with perfect recipe for pushing women out of the workplace.
This is great writing. I’m an academic who keeps being invited to help increase the proportion of top science jobs held by women. Apart from noticing that I know many senior scientists who are women, I ask what the increase-representation argument really means.
I think the number of women depends on the field of science. As far as the computer science world goes, the numbers of women keep declining in the US. In 1984, 37% of the computer science bachelors degrees were awarded to women. In a more recent study done by the Computing Research Association, it was found that only about 12% bachelors of degrees in computer science were awarded to women in 2010-11. Google also did an internal study, which showed that women are more likely to leave once in the field due to family constraints. So, seeing Yahoo remove the option of flexible and telework schedules for its computer scientists has caused a lot of controversy.
But it’s okay for her to say that because she’s a woman. It reminds me of the attempt to pass the Equal Rights Amendment and the conservative talking heads complained about the would require the clause that required men and women to use the same WCs. I’m very familiar with that clause, as it was so explicit in the statement of the amendment:
Section 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.
Section 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.
Section 3. This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification.
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