Why are there fewer women than men in science-related careers?

There are fewer women than men in top science-related jobs. The gender equality industry view this a huge injustice facing women. They suggest all sorts of reasons why this might be happening (e.g. 'unconscious bias' against women), but ignore one major factor: most women simply choose not to commit to science-related careers.

The gender equality industry doesn't seem to take much notice of women who say that they see a career in science as being relatively unappealing. For example, when female doctoral chemistry students said that a career in chemistry was solitary, entailed long hours, stress, a competitive culture and was not conducive “with other aspects of their life, particularly relationships and family” (Royal Society for Chemistry 2008, p.7), this made little impression on the promoters of gender equality.

Could it be that most women really aren't as keen on having a science career as men are? And if this is the case, why then are people like the Equality Challenge Unit so keen to increase the numbers of women in science-related careers, and so puzzled when - despite well-funded campaigns - women continue to ignore science careers in their droves?

Perhaps we should let women decide for themselves what they want to do with their lives, and put our efforts into supporting women's choices rather than imposing choices upon them.