City Journal: Science, diversity, and identity politics

Yesterday, City Journal published a piece by Heather Mac Donald about the push for diversity among the sciences. Mac Donald offers a lot of evidence that much effort is being expended to alter the representation of women and underrepresented minorities (URMs) in the sciences. This is being treated as a societal good, but in order to achieve that end, standards are being lowered.
Identity politics has engulfed the humanities and social sciences on American campuses; now it is taking over the hard sciences. The STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and math—are under attack for being insufficiently “diverse.” The pressure to increase the representation of females, blacks, and Hispanics comes from the federal government, university administrators, and scientific societies themselves…
“Diversity” is now an explicit job qualification in the STEM fields. A current job listing for a lecturer in biology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst announces that because diversity is “critical to

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