Women and STEM

There’s been a lot of whining over the past few years about the fact that when they are given a free choice, fewer women choose to study for degrees in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) disciplines. I’ve been inclined to allow women their free choice in the matter, but a recent thought has led me to wonder if we should push more young girls into the study of hard science (physics, chemistry, biology, etc.). After all, Margaret Thatcher was a chemist with a B.Sc. from Oxford.

Quote of the Day

The sense of being self-reliant, of playing a role within the family, of owning one’s own property, of paying one’s way, are all part of the spiritual ballast which maintains responsible citizenship, and provides the solid foundation from which people look around to see what more they might do, for others and for themselves. That is what we mean by a moral society; not a society where the State is responsible for everything, and no-one is responsible for the State.

—Margaret Thatcher

Quote of the Day

Some Socialists seem to believe that people should be numbers in a State computer. We believe they should be individuals. We are all unequal. No one, thank heavens, is like anyone else, however much the Socialists may pretend otherwise. We believe that everyone has the right to be unequal but to us every human being is equally important.

—Margaret Thatcher

I’m Not Making This Up, You Know

From the official White House statement (H/T, Vodkapundit):

Here in America, many of us will never forget her standing shoulder to shoulder with President Reagan, reminding the world that we are not simply carried along by the currents of history—we can shape them with moral conviction, unyielding courage and iron will. Michelle and I send our thoughts to the Thatcher family and all the British people as we carry on the work to which she dedicated her life—free peoples standing together, determined to write our own destiny.

Emphasis mine.

Obama carrying on Margaret Thatcher’s work? Where did I put that brain bleach?