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It’s an ongoing issue in business, “raised until the strides of women in business match the gaits of their male counterparts…they still contribute less than 4% of all public and private business revenues — about the same share as in 1997” (Inverso). The concern was addressed on Fortune.com recently, too: “I oversee the team that puts together the Fortune 40 Under 40 list,” writes Leigh Gallagher. “And for as long as we’ve been doing it, the topic of the number of women on the list—specifically, the lack thereof—has been an issue” (Gallagher). Even when women do make the cut, many of us can’t help but notice they’re still mostly surrounded by men.
To understand math, science, and related fields is to have intellect. But, to understand the humanities is to have wisdom.
It is commonly claimed that STEM majors are the “most valuable” — value being defined as immediate job offers and high earnings. Articles promoting STEM have a clear focus: jobs and money. College is increasingly viewed as a form of vocational training, useful only for teaching the quantitative skills that our data-obsessed society demands.
With every semester I see this more and more. Fewer and fewer students are exposed to the Humanities at all; I even have students who have never read a novel. Ever.
Some of this is the result of poor educational systems in general, but this obsession with math and science is a factor.
Balance, people. We need educational balance. We once “cultivated the world’s greatest artists and the world’s greatest economy.” (I know The Newsroom has its flaws, but that moment is so relevant.)
A note reportedly left by an Ohio teen asking that her death expose the problems transgender people suffer has been cited by an Ohio official and has prompted police to investigate the death as a suicide and to determine if there was a link to the note.
I appreciate that they did not misrepresent Leelah Alcorn in this piece; they refer to the child as “her,” as she would have wanted.