Women may not pursue a career in the sciences due to a lack of encouragement and cultural pressures, writes Eileen Pollack in the New York Times Magazine. Pollack herself choose not to go on in physics after earning an undergraduate degree in the subject. "Mostly, though, I didn't go on in physics because not a single professor — not even the adviser who supervised my senior thesis — encouraged me to go to graduate school," she writes.

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