Girls & Science
eoshuster at UCDAVIS.EDU
Tue Feb 21 13:36:17 EST 1995
On Feb 20th, Jane Thompson wrote:
>I just don't understand what the problem is? Last
>year my daughter was i
>n second place at the NSTA/Toshiba Exploravision Science awards and it made no
>difference to the Japanese if you were male or female.
The Japanese may be gender-blind when it comes to science competitions
for secondary school children, but I have run into several female Japanese
who have come to the U.S. for grad school to escape discrimination. In one
case, a very intelligent young woman, who already had a master's degree and
several publications under her belt, was told (by employers) that
applications from women were not being accepted. She is now in a Ph.D.
program here, and doing well.
As I lack first-hand knowledge of the Japanese culture, I don't know how
prevalent this type of incident is. If typical, it suggests the existence
of a particularly sturdy glass ceiling, set at a fairly low level on the
Univ. of California
e-mail: eoshuster at ucdavis.edu
More information about the Womenbio