Women don’t enter STEM fields, but they have equal access.
Duncan Geoghegan

It’s easy to use averages and percentages to make an argument that is simply not true, especially when the actual numbers are looked at.

There are still fewer women in the American workforce than men. Thus it’s easy to portray a smaller difference among women as larger than it actually is.

For example if you have two groups, one is 50 and one is 100, and 25 of each group are blue, then 50% of the group of 50 is blue but “only 25%” of the group of 100 is blue. It’s still 25 blue in either group, using percentages doesn’t change it.

Then there’s the false argument that more than half cannot be above or below the average. Yes, they can, especially when there is a large disparity in sizes of the groups the average is taken of.

People who point at politicians and pundits who state that and claim they’re dumb fools who don’t know the meaning of average — are themselves the dumb fools confusing average for median. Exactly half of a group is always above and the other half below a median.

Clever folks in the media and politics deliberately use the incorrect term in order to warp reality to fit their agenda.


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