John Tierney is "Daring to Discuss Women in Science" in the New York Times. In the first column of a proposed series on the topic, Tierney examines the existence of gender bias in the sciences. In considering the House of Representatives' recent passage of the "Fulfilling the potential of women in academic science and engineering" legislation, Tierney is not convinced that — if approved by the Senate — the law would solve gender inequities in science.

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