Harvard University’s president, Lawrence Summers, told a conference audience last Friday that he believed it was genetics, not discrimination, that holds women back in the fields of science and engineering. Additionally, the enlightened Dr. Summers seemed to think it was a good thing anyway, since the child-rearing that women have to do makes them unable to work the long hours necessary to make significant professional contributions.
Several people walked out of the conference, including MIT biologist Nancy Hopkins. In the three years that Summers has been president at Harvard, the number of senior positions offered to women has decreased annually.
What a loser!