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No quotas needed Prof. Maud, in commenting on Mr. Colcleugh's report (SFU News, Jan. 24) of my hiring study suggests that “quotas set for the two sexes should differ by department” (SFU News, Feb. 7). I would argue, rather, that there is no evidence that quotas of any kind are needed. Even though men and women have differing natural aptitudes on average, in Canada men far outnumber women in applications for faculty positions in almost all disciplines. Unless we have objective data indicating that men and women applicants are unequally qualified, our best estimate of hiring ratios, even within disciplines, must be based on applicant numbers. Doreen Kimura Visiting professor

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