A Women’s Movement Against Science?

Scientists evaluate the work of other scientists by how well it describes and explains reality. Creationists evaluate it by how well it conforms to scripture. Today we have yet another perspective — gender. Yes, we’re just as surprised as you are.

We discovered the issue in USA Today. Their headline is Where the ladies at? All the Nobel Prizes went to men this year.

Gasp! Can that be true? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

Many expressed outrage on social media Thursday that not one of the Nobel Prizes recipients are women this year. Hey, where the ladies at?

Yeah — what’s going on here? We’re told:

The 2016 recipients mark the first time in several years that not one of those honored has been a woman. In 2015, two of the winners were women, and in 2014, two women, including Malala Yousafzai, who is the youngest person to win, were awarded the honor.

Wikipedia has an article titled List of female Nobel laureates. It says:

As of 2015, Nobel Prizes have been awarded to 822 men, 48 women, and 26 organizations. Sixteen women have won the Nobel Peace Prize, fourteen have won the Nobel Prize in Literature, twelve have won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, four have won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, two have won the Nobel Prize in Physics and one, Elinor Ostrom, has won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.

Those 48 women are only about 5% of the prizes awarded to individuals, which is suspicious enough, but when we look closer we see that only 6 women have won prizes in Chemistry or Physics. The other females won their prizes for things like Literature and Peace. Okay, back to USA Today:

Over the course of the week, the official Twitter feed for the Nobel Prize tweeted about women who were honored in the past, but many also pointed out that the majority of winners have been men.

That’s all they say. The rest of their “article” is just copies of Twitter stuff.

This could be a big issue, dear reader. Really big. There are probably more women than creationists in the population. What if women joined forces with creationists and formed a gigantic anti-science movement? It could happen! Imagine being picketed by screaming activists from the Bible & Bra Coalition. Stories like this one in USA Today may be the beginning.

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5 responses to “A Women’s Movement Against Science?

  1. Nobody seems to care about this one. Ah well. Hey — PhysOrg has an article on the situation: Times ain’t a-changin? All-male Nobel lineup draws criticism.

  2. It’s not that we don’t care; it’s just that we ain’t got nothing to say, being men and all 🙂 Generally Nobels go to old-fart scientists, and at this point in time, most of the old farts are men. I can only think of a couple of older women who would be deserving while numerous men come to mind. I believe that given a bit more time, the number of female Nobelists in the sciences will increase.

  3. I agree. However, the Curmudgeon has to strain a bit to fit this into this blog.

    In any event, there are probably as many female creationists as male ones; where are their voices at the Discovery Institute and similar squirrel caches? Only a couple of prominent female creationists come to mind. But then, most of the women are probably at home minding the young ‘uns as God intended; activism, even in God’s holy Name, is for men.

  4. You haven’t seen the South-African students who want to abolish science because its Western colonisation, have you?

    I think this sort of topic fits well here: severely deluded people, whether religious or postmodernist, who want to destroy science to satisfy their delusions.

  5. “Hey, where the ladies at?” Some of us are groping for blue pencils.