Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union

Comment on “Righting the balance: Gender diversity in the geosciences”



To say that the fraction of geoscientists who are women is too small, as a recent Forum (Eos, 5 August 2003, p. 292) did, is mathematically equivalent to saying that the complementary set, male geoscientists, is too large. Does this mean that many of the male geoscientists should be eliminated?

A similar article in Science [Mervis, 2002] proposed that Title IX should be used in science as it was in college athletics, when a comparable quota requirement forced the elimination of a large fraction of the male athletes in order to reach a male/female ratio less than one.