One of my guiding principles is don’t do anything that other people are doing. Always do something a little different if you can. The concept is that if you do it a little differently there is a greater potential for reward than if you the same thing that other people are doing. I think that this kind of goal for one’s work, having obviously the maximum risk, would have the maximum reward no matter what the field may be.
Women Rock Science
Yesterday Hadiza Mohammed from Women Rock Science gave a talk at my school. How women have been treated in scientific history is ridiculous. Some had their genders changed, others had male colleagues take credit for their work and far too many only got acknowledgement after they had died.
Flicking through my Physics textbook there is no mention of a single woman anywhere. The authors couldn’t include one woman who has contributed to Physics? There are so many, such as Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Rosalind Franklin, Helen Czerski and a simple Google search would bring up several others.
We are often told there are not enough women in STEM, but what is the point of having more when we are ignoring the ones that are already there.