On 2013-02-12 at 23:34:06 -0200, Leonardo Castro wrote: > 2013/2/12 Sam Stutter <[log in to unmask]>: > > Compared to the literature component of my degree (2 guys in a lecture of 50 people), linguistics was quite gender balanced (15 guys in a lecture of 50). > > The closer a field of study is to an "exact science", the fewer > females will be there. This is what should be explained. except for mathematics _ , where in my experience the gender balance is quite natural (~50%), but you can see a strong difference in the further career choices: most females will either remain in an university environment or will become teachers, males are the ones who go out doing math in the "real world". ..  and I believe physics, but I have less experience there. To me it looks more like a matter of socially acceptable career choice than one related to the exactness of science. -- Elena ``of Valhalla''