A Little Encouragement

A physics-major-turned-creative-writing professor discusses why women may not pursue careers in the sciences.

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Sadly, the most resistance

Sadly, the most resistance that I experienced as a woman in science came from male faculty and ‘guidance counselors’ during my high school and undergraduate years. These men told me that women should be lawyers or actresses, not scientists, and that as a woman in science, I would always be treated as a "second class citizen." There may be subtle biases that I haven't noticed, but during my graduate studies and in my career, I have never felt any prejudice based on my gender. However, like many men and women in a variety of careers, I struggle to balance work/life/family/sleep. I'm a biologist, though, not a physicist. It sounds like gender equality in physics and chemistry still have along way to go…