So, the other day, our agency celebrated “Empowering Women in the Workforce”. I heard it was a good place to meet girls, so . . .
The keynote speaker was “The Honorable” Dot Harris, Director of the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity for the Department of Energy. A diversicrat, in other words. Some highlights from her speech:
“Women have an IQ five points higher than men.”
I’m not making this up. Apropos of nothing at all, this was the first thing out of her mouth.
So, first of all, no, they don’t. In the categories most relevant to STEM (the purported focus of her speech) they are behind men in IQ. And that’s especially true at the level Ms. Harris is supposedly operating. And second, I’m pretty sure this is not the glass house she really wants to be throwing stones in.
"Our students place #31 against other countries in academics"
Thank you, immigration! But in point of fact, and with very few exceptions, we educate students much better than their nations of origin do.
"Women make $.70 on the male dollar."
Mostly bogus: This Forbes article summarizes a bunch of studies showing that, with appropriate controls, the differential is in single digits, and sometimes favors women over men.
"Girls in Georgia and Tennessee are told to be nurses."
The point being that they aren’t told to be doctors, presumably like the girls in Blue states are and like boys everywhere are. I googled around unsuccessfully trying to find a citation for or against this 50s-era factoid, but for now, I’m betting that the same class of people decrying the alleged tracking of girls into nursing are also crying that the shortage of nurses means we have to have immigration reform now! Yup, I’m betting that’s the case.