The University of Melbourne has taken the extraordinary step of opening up jobs to female applicants only in an attempt to drive change in the male-dominated area of mathematic academia.
Only about a quarter of all mathematics academics in Australia are female, and the university is now advertising three positions in its School of Mathematics and Statistics for female applicants only.
So merit is not relevant now? Ideology trumps reality? Down go academic standards.
Women are notoriously underrepresented in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, but mathematics has the lowest representation of all studies.
There are some pretty sound biological reasons for that, as we noted when discussing that university gender ratios are heavily skewed to female. Male and female brains are different sizes, with different strengths and weaknesses, as long known. For example, because the IQ distribution in men has a larger standard deviation than in women, only 37% of humans with IQs over 120 are female.
Yet ideological advantage for females is to be made even stronger? If the politically correct truly sought gender balance, surely they would act to increase the number of male students.