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  •  As a woman pursuing a PhD in (6+ / 0-)

    an engineering/science field... I never really felt or noticed it growing up or going through college. I get more jabs at why, being from California, would I ever go to some school called University of Michigan. Grad school at that too. % of women faculty in my dept is something ridiculously low like 24%.

    I'm not saying the problem doesn't exist. I take it in stride and face it straight on.

    You should hear me talk to technical support staff when an instrument breaks and I need to get a warranty part to fix it. I sound like an 8 year old so some of these people have a hard time taking me seriously. :P

    Why hello there reality, how are you doing?

    by Future Gazer on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 08:42:42 AM PST

    •  I was a little blonde haired girl (10+ / 0-)

      and we were doing thermal/vacuum testing for the Mars Observer Camera at a TRW facility.

      One day I came to the guard station to check in and he said, "oh, it's nice that they have this program where you can come observe" clearly thinking I was a high school student. "What will you be learning tonight?"

      I didn't exactly contradict him, just told him I was the lead engineer on a particular test and what we were hoping to learn from it. I admit it, I enjoyed his embarrassment. :-)

      The women before me had it harder and the women after have it easier. Much progress has occurred in the world.

      Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

      by elfling on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 08:55:26 AM PST

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      •  Much? I'm not so sure. (2+ / 0-)
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        Hindsight -- from the 1950s as the only child (f) of a NASA engineer, through ~2006, when a stroke carried me out of academic tenure as a physicist -- suggests this particular struggle has some damnably intractable features.

        When the National Academy of Sciences comes closer to M-F equality, then I'll begin breathing easier.

        (-7.62,-7.33) Carbon footprint 12.6 metric tons. l'Enfer, c'est les autres.

        by argomd on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 10:00:33 AM PST

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