Women Are Chokers?
Among the highest paid corporate executives, only 2.5% are women. Among the most elite scientists (those who have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences), fully 9% are women. Depending on your biases, you can read that as evidence that women are better at science than business, that corporations discriminate against women, or (if you believe that profit-maximizing corporations get everything just right) that the National Academy discriminates against men.
If you have access to the World Wide Web, you'll have no problem finding theories, evidence, counter evidence, and polemics galore on this subject. Here I just want to talk about one bit of evidence regarding one of the many factors that might be in play: Women—especially high-achieving women—choke under pressure.
Read more here from "Armchair Economics: Economics and Everyday Life" author Steven E. Landsburg's latest Slate column.