For that same reason, women still are behind in engineering, and high tech fields that require physical problem solving and more analytical thinking skills.
I know, based on the male and female operating principles, that men are much more visual in their approach to problem solving. Women fail to have as much ability in the area of spatial dynamics or physical size and distance relationships.
I do understand that, by their very nature, women are not risk takers. But, because women are not risk takers, and while they have a difficult time with intense, single activity focus, I would think that they could be better problem solvers for a couple of reasons.
1. Since women don't like risk they tend to think in worst case scenarios which should make them consider a wider range of possible solutions to a problem.
2. Since women don't have the abilities men have with spatial dynamics I would expect them to calculate spatial relationships more carefully to avoid failure. This would make them more likely to adhere to the adage of measuring twice but cutting once.
All in all this gets to the very heart of what makes men and women different. While both sexes are able to do many of the same things their approches are usually quite different. More over it shows why men and women were meant to compliment each other rather than to compete with each other.
And without a doubt, Jim, is hugely right in the area of parental responsibility. Look at our culture of abandonment by fathers. That absence of responsiblity has born a culture of irresponsible males. The males of early adulthood and younger have not had strong male role models who could teach them the value of hard work in all facets of life. Then the poor mothers, who are left to pick up the slack of both parents or an absentee, father stick the kid on Ridilin to control a male child who exhibits the typical, unharnessed, attributes of a man.