The Diversity Takeover of Science and Tech Has Begun

The director of UCLA’s Women in Engineering program trotted out the usual role model argument for gender-and race-conscious decision-making. Audrey Pool O’Neal told the Daily Bruin that she never saw anyone who looked like her (black and female) when she was an undergraduate and graduate student. “When I do teach classes, the female students let me know how much they appreciate seeing a woman in front of their classroom,” O’Neal said.

Why not appreciate seeing the best-trained scholar in front of your classroom? Any female who thinks that she needs a female in front of her in order to learn as much as she can, or to envision a career in a particular field, has declared herself a follower rather than a pioneer—and a follower based on a characteristic irrelevant to intellectual achievement…. Marie Curie did not need female role models to investigate radioactivity; she was motivated by a passion for understanding the world. That should be reason enough to plunge headlong into the search for knowledge. — From “Standing on the Shoulders of Diversocrats” in City Journal.


  • Heather Mac Donald

    Heather Mac Donald is the Thomas W. Smith Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a contributing editor of City Journal, and the author of the bestseller "The Diversity Delusion: How Race and Gender Pandering Corrupt the University and Undermine Our Culture."

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2 thoughts on “The Diversity Takeover of Science and Tech Has Begun

  1. A passion for understanding the world?

    Why what century is this that we worry about such things? Next we’ll hear some concern for pursuit of Truth or some such silliness.

    Surely we have moved beyond all that??

    Rather, in this Bright Today, we worry only of ourselves. We measure truth (little “t”) by how many Diversitynauts have been involved in its ‘discovery’….we measure significance by how much Diversitilization has been applied.

    And actually I struggle to even grasp the slightest hint of what Heather attempts to describe as her demographics clearly do not align with my own. And obviously, without demographic alignment, how can we even think of moving forward (or sideways or backward, whatever).


    What have we done to ourselves that this corruption has seized us? How insistently we embrace this idiocy.

  2. All that is left is for the legal system to capitulate and due process is forever gone. Just a matter of time now.

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