James F. Guyot is a professor in the political science program at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and in the School of Public Affairs at Bernard M. Baruch College, CUNY. While he is the author of this essay, neither he nor any small number of individuals, such as the readers of this essay, is the subject of the study, for the argument is purely statistical. For instance, although statistically, among adult Americans 87% of men are taller than 78% of women, Jim's wife is taller than he is, and although men are disproportionately represented at the upper tail of performance on several gatekeeper exams, she scored higher than he did on the GRE.
Major parts of this argument appeared in essay form in The Chronicle of Higher Education as "The Defining Moment for Gender Equity" on 20 April 2001, p. B15 and in a letter to the editor of the New York Times on 28 March 2001.
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