I subjectively think that lots of these issues have roots in school.
People that did worse in school used to bully people that did better and called them nerds / geeks / whatever not. There are probably social reasons why they did so, but this became cliche.
And obviously, people who worked hard (nerds / geeks) towards their life goals chose studies and jobs that require lots of thinking and such kind of work was their drive.
So this was the picture and mentality built throughout many years and takes time to change.
I'm all in for inclusive environment and should help everyone to get in the field but not end up having quotas for a race/sex/gender/whatever else, this way we're stepping back.
Thanks for your input on the nerd labeling.
I'm not advocating quotas. In fact I made sure not a single thing I recommended involved any action specific to gender or race.
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