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Dear Rosalind,

Many feminists (and others) argue that discrimination and sexist conditioning are responsible for the scarcity of top female executives and for women’s lower average pay. In the past, these may have been adequate explanations. But the persistence of large disparities between the sexes at a time when discrimination is socially unacceptable and legally actionable, and when many employers go to great lengths to attract and promote women, makes such explanations suspect.

One alternative explanation for the persistence of these differences is biological: women are inherently less likely than men to possess the traits which…

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