Magazine March 8, 2010, Issue

Gender Gaps

Stanford University faces off against University of Connecticut in the NCAA women’s Final Four semi-final basketball game in St. Louis, Mo., April 5, 2009. (John Gress/Reuters)
The Science on Women and Science, edited by Christina Hoff Sommers (AEI, 340 pp., $20)

The famous Title IX provision in the 1972 civil-rights legislation sounds quite sensible: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” In the pattern of feminist activism with which we have become familiar, however, what sounded like a reasonable attempt to ensure fairness to individuals soon became a coercive instrument for enforcing decidedly unreasonable kinds of group rights.

Title IX’s first application was to high-school and college athletics. Since the premise of

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