A big part of what we do in academia is not just solve a problem or answer a question; we are very, very actively involved in formulating the questions and framing the problems. Science is a way of looking at the world, a fundamental way of interpreting reality.
At the 2010 Clinton Global Initiative being held this week in New York City, I posed a question to Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan regarding educational access for women and girls in the Middle East.
Millions of adolescent girls live in poverty, experience gender discrimination, and are subject to abuse. The result is not only the suffering of girls themselves, but a continuing cycle of oppression and abuse.