This book looks to provide 50-80 new role models to future scientists whose stories will inspire young women to consider careers in the physical sciences, attacking the problem of under-representation at its root.
This book will contain short pieces written by women who completed their education in physics in the United States and who subsequently pursued physics careers in academia, government, and industry (though there are a few unique cases).
These practices, however, tend to focus on women that have already chosen to pursue a career in physics – there is still much room for growth when it comes to inspiring a new generation of young women to consider a scientific career.
Successful physicists often cite the importance of role models – parents, teachers, mentors and others who provided inspiration and constant encouragement from an early age and throughout their career.
Mostly, though, I didn’t go on in physics because not a single professor — not even the adviser who supervised my senior thesis — encouraged me to go to graduate school.
Certain this meant I wasn’t talented enough to succeed in physics, I left the rough draft of my senior thesis outside my adviser’s door and slunk away in shame.With that being said women's role in Science and Technology are super important.Last summer, researchers at Yale published a study proving that physicists, chemists and biologists are likely to view a young male scientist more favorably than a woman with the same qualifications.Surprisingly, female scientists were as biased as their male counterparts.The new study goes a long way toward providing hard evidence of a continuing bias against women in the sciences. D.’s in this country are awarded to women, and only about half of those women are American; of all the physics professors in the United States, only 14 percent are women.Women without doubt came a long way improving the numbers and increasing the percentages in the workforce of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) but the statistics say the numbers are still less than those of men.Women have been struggling since the early ages trying to advance in knowledge, however, for some of them gender roles set did not enable them to continue their education.Women are being encouraged to pursue an education rather than staying at home cleaning and taking care of kids.Women need to get out of their comfort zone and give math and science a try.UPDATE (): We aim to publish Blazing the Trail: Essays by Leading Women in Science this month!It will have 35 contributions (from those women listed above), and we look forward to sharing this book with others.