women and men in science etc
hhansma at physics.ucsb.edu
Sat Dec 9 14:19:18 EST 1995
I support you strongly, Robin, for choosing not to have kids.
With 5 younger siblings, it sounds like you've already "had"
them. I also second the opinions of those who think childless
"youngsters" would do better not to pass judgment on those with
children for their concerns.
Regarding prejudice against women, which I have at least never
experienced as badly as at Berkeley in the late '60s (I was
told by the older grad students that the prof whose research
interested me "didn't take women." Having him as a prof for
grad lab, I soon learned that no woman would want to work for
one so sexist. Asking an adviser about the advisability and
usefulness of a Ph.D., I was told, "Well, NIH hires women,"
which seemed to be the sum of my job choices.)...
That sentence died. The flip side of prejudice against women
is that, as a good scientist who speaks well, I get lots of
invitations to speak, some of which I fear are motivated by
tokenism - the desire/need to have a woman in the program. But
it's fun and rewarding and hopefully helps other professional
women as well.
If anyone is still reading - I forgot to say that all my male
classmates at Berkeley got hit with the draft that year, so
they didn't have an easy time either.
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