I ran into the headline above today. As a guy who skipped high school to get a PhD in physics, and a father of a 14 year old daughter who is tops in her mathematics classes, you can bet that I've wondered why there are so few women in physics.
Many of the reasons cited in the article, however, had nothing to do with sex, like:
The notion that physics has nothing to do with the real world such as finance.
What could be more wrong? Let me take away your GPS smartphone to grab your attention. GPS is roughly a $100 billion dollar industry with real world jobs made possible by the physics of general relativity.