Nature vs Nurture
Thedrum beat continues over the remarks Lawrence H. Summers, president of Harvard University, made at a conference in January. Simply put, he questioned women’s aptitude for science and math compared to that of men’s. In fairness, he also spoke aboutdiscrimination and thedifferences in socialization of the sexes but it is his question of aptitude that keeps the subject alive anddebated.
The idea that there is a smarter gender, or ethnicity for that matter, seems to be the basis fordiscrimination at some level. The idea that a person lacks a certain intelligence of any kinddue to their gender raises the question of nature vs. nurture. At the end of theday, we might all be better off to realize that Gloria Steinem had a very good point when she said “only when men play as a significant role as women in the home will women be equal in the workplace”.