Re: Global and local, black and white.
>>"I do remember seeing a similar report in our local paper last year, in regards to staff levels in teaching & nursing... surprise, skewed to 80%+ white female. Do we want those numbers to follow statistical #'s as well?"
If there isn't some particular reason why men are worse at these jobs (and I can think of none for nurses and for teachers I think having both represented is important as we're talking about providing role-models), then the answer is "yes."
There are always going to be variations in what an individual person is suited to. For both the sake of an efficient society and that individual's own happiness, we want them to be able to go toward the career that best fits them, not the one that is more common for their sex.