In U.S. academia, fields that cherish sheer genius shun women

January 16, 2015 12:06 PM

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In U.S. academia, fields that cherish sheer genius shun women

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - For academic fields whose members revere a "spark of genius" above all other qualities, there is a disquieting message at U.S. colleges and universities: Women need not apply.

That's the findings of research published on Thursday that sought to get to the bottom of why women are under-represented in a range of academic disciplines including some in science and math but also in other areas such as philosophy.

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