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Friday, February 17, 2006

A Different Approach To The Gender Gap

The Center for Women in Government & Civil Society at the University at Albany has been griping because women only hold 24.5% of the top jobs in New York State government. No one has said a word, however, about the fact that women occupy only 4.5% of the lowest rungs of New York State society. As of July 2005 there were 60,320 men in New York State prisons, making up 95.5% of the prison population, while only 2,813 women were incarcerated.

Obviously, I don’t want to see more women in prison, in order to close this gender gap. It does seem to me, however, that we need to study male and female populations at all levels of society, if we are going to understand why there is a gender gap. It could be that there is a connection between the low numbers of women in high places and the low numbers of women in low places. It could be that in spite of the efforts by extreme feminists to insist that we are all the same, men really are from Mars and women from Venus.

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