Y Combinator's Hacker News is a site where people can submit links and community members can vote them up or down. The focus is on tech startups and programming. Like with Digg and Slashdot, evolutionary psychology explanations for the gender gap in STEM fields are commonly accepted and espoused.


  • "Regarding there only being a few famous female scientists: the currently-accepted ev-psych. explanation is that men have a greater standard deviation in levels of achievement-seeking behavior. In any (objectively quantifiable) meritocratic field, you'll see women mostly in the middle, with men at the top and at the bottom. This means that the "stand-outs" will always be male-dominated (as will the "drop-outs", mind), unless the field has some sort of selection effect favoring women." - 7 points by derefr

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