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Now, I am by no means saying there was any sort of discrimination, nor that I’d like there to be more women at conferences just for diversity’s sake (Ok, for my own benefit, it would be nice to have more women with whom to socialize). I just wonder why these ratios are observed. I am the first to say that women and men are inherently different in many ways. I took a class in my 2nd year which highlighted some of the areas of divergence between the sexes and I’m sure we covered this one…. Maybe it is women’s tendency to work for conflict resolution, which debating politics may seem destructive more than constructive.
What I want to know is your thoughts on why. Why do women in general seem to be less interested in politics than men? Also, is this difference something that will change with time and effort or does it stem from natural and perhaps immutable differences? The last extension, to me, seems to be then our role as NeW in helping shape the next generation of these women, and how that looks in light of my previous suppositions.