The Only Woman in the Room

The Only Woman in the Room

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A bracingly honest exploration of why there are still so few women in the hard sciences, mathematics, engineering, and computer science In 2005, when Lawrence Summers, then president of Harvard, asked why so few women, even today, achieve tenured positions in the hard sciences, Eileen Pollack set out to find the answer. A successful fiction writer, Pollack had grown up in the 1960s and a€™70s dreaming of a career as a theoretical astrophysicist. Denied the chance to take advanced courses in science and math, she nonetheless made her way to Yale. There, despite finding herself far behind the men in her classes, she went on to graduate summa cum laude, with honors, as one of the universitya€™s first two women to earn a bachelor of science degree in physics. And yet, isolated, lacking in confidence, starved for encouragement, she abandoned her ambition to become a physicist. Years later, spurred by the suggestion that innate differences in scientific and mathematical aptitude might account for the dearth of tenured female faculty at Summera€™s institution, Pollack thought back on her own experiences and wondered what, if anything, had changed in the intervening decades. Based on six years interviewing her former teachers and classmates, as well as dozens of other women who had dropped out before completing their degrees in science or found their careers less rewarding than they had hoped, The Only Woman in the Room is a bracingly honest, no-holds-barred examination of the social, interpersonal, and institutional barriers confronting womena€”and minoritiesa€”in the STEM fields. This frankly personal and informed book reflects on womena€™s experiences in a way that simple data cana€™t, documenting not only the more blatant bias of another era but all the subtle disincentives women in the sciences still face. The Only Woman in the Room shows us the struggles women in the sciences have been hesitant to admit, and provides hope for changing attitudes and behaviors in ways that could bring far more women into fields in which even today they remain seriously underrepresented.Maybe my satisfaction in glimpsing those beautiful Dirac deltas should have been its own reward. ... But that would have been like asking a lover if I was pretty ; if you needed to ask, you werena#39;t. ... the accompanying photos, along with ads inviting adventurous Yale grads to enroll in the navya#39;s ROTC program and operate nuclearpowered subs. ... My first essay, a€œConfessions of a Faltering Physics Student, a€ was written in the form of a journal kept by a fictitious young man named Kevin.

Title:The Only Woman in the Room
Author:Eileen Pollack
Publisher:Beacon Press - 2015-09-15


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