Past researchers have struggled to explain why women are so underrepresented in so-called STEM fields: that is, science, technology, engineering and mathematics. But social scientists Wendy Williams and Steve Ceci from Cornell University think they have an answer. It's not about discrimination, or innate ability (as Larry Summers controversially suggested six years ago): it's really mostly about choice. Women, in general, decide to go into biology, veternarily science and medicine because they want to have children in their prime, not spend a hundred hours a week in the lab and preparing for tenure presentations. And what's more, it might not even be that bad a thing that women prefer "softer" sciences.
Wendy and Steve joined us to talk about their research, what young budding female scientists should do if they want to get into academia with children, and their own marriage. Yes, they're married. And yes, they have kids. Listen in to figure out how they do it.