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Wrong to say women are ‘entitled’ to STEM jobs

Terra Miley, left, from Frances Scott Key High School, Claire Kettula, from South Carroll High School, participated in Exelon’s HeForShe STEM Innovation Leadership Academy.
Terra Miley, left, from Frances Scott Key High School, Claire Kettula, from South Carroll High School, participated in Exelon’s HeForShe STEM Innovation Leadership Academy. (Courtesy Photo)

In a recent editorial (“Women in STEM: The pendulum hasn’t swung nearly far enough,” Sept. 3), you pose the question: “Just how many of the science and technology jobs are women entitled?” The correct answer to this question is “zero.”

No one should be entitled to anything based exclusively upon individual physical identity characteristics. One cannot simultaneously condemn and embrace sex-based discrimination, depending upon who it benefits, without appearing unscrupulous and opportunistic.

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A more principled stance would be to support the removal of barriers to participation in STEM fields and let the demographic outcomes fall where they may.

Brad Sharpless, Reisterstown

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