The other day a college girl told me that most girls lose their ambition in college. She said that in high school, they all think they're going to conquer the world, but in college, most come to the realization that what they really want to do is just get married and have children. She said that very few girls will admit this, but it's true.
She added that a lot of women go on to get fancy graduate degrees, but that few of those actually have long-lasting careers; most end up married with children.
This raises an inescapable question: are positions in, say, med school wasted on those women who later decide that they want to be full-time mothers instead?
Any fair-minded person is going to agree that anyone who has done the work (i.e., taken the right courses, gotten the grades, and gotten good board scores) should be allowed into med school. But what about all those women who go through four years of med school and three years of residency, practice briefly as a physician until their first baby arrives, and then just retire? There's no question that these women have pretty much wasted their educations -- and taken up valuable medical school slots that could have been used by men who would have practiced medicine their entire lives.
What should be done about that?
Maybe nothing. There are certainly women who have long careers as doctors. But a significant fraction of women who go through med school don't. And even though this is a legitimate public policy concern, the question is never even raised publicly. (Which shows how crazy political correctness has become.)
There's certainly no easy answer. Fairness would dictate that med school acceptances be allotted by merit -- what the applicant has done in his or her life to that point. But given that a high percentage of women quit their jobs to raise babies, it's hard to view the roughly 50% female student bodies of most elite grad schools as a great victory for society.