Based on what, other than your say so? “My answer is no, women are simply less interested in being programmers than men are, on average. Most women prefer more human oriented fields like medicine, biology, and teaching.

They probably are somewhat less interested, but you have completely failed to take into account thousands of years of being told that women aren’t good at math and science as well as all the women who started down that road and leave due to the culture and work environments. At least some portion of women who set out to work in STEM leave those fields due to their experiences with harassment while they are still in college. Sexual harassment is a dominance posture to make sure that women know their place and know that they are unwelcome there. Its purpose is to make them uncomfortable enough to drop out.

That PEW article actually says that women in STEM do experience greater harassment than in many other fields, but that all women experience it to a large extent.

Compared with those in non-STEM jobs, women in STEM are more likely to say they have experienced discrimination in the workplace (50% vs. 41%).

Medicine is another highly patriarchal field full of harassment and disrespect for women, even though they go into in larger numbers.

So, you really haven’t made any kind of case at all. And you’ve quoted a PEW study that says that somewhere between 40 and 50% of women in all fields experience sexual harassment but then end with “Neither my wife or I are victims.” So which is it? Either you have a sincere concern for the large percentage of women who endure harassment or nobody is really a victim — which one?

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