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.