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December 24, 2008


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Thanks for this little series. So many great women in the sciences and in other professions have been cited with such disdain -- if they were mentioned at all -- over the ages. I cannot help but recall when I enrolled in a physics class during my freshman year in college. It was a natural thing for me because my father often talked about physics and its great theorists around the dinner table. To my surprise when I walked into the class, I was the only girl. I also overheard the boys saying, "She won't last two weeks." Of course, that forced me to stay the course no matter what! Luckily, a friend's twin brother was in the class and I became a part of a team at his table. I gritted my teeth and made it but it would have been so much more enjoyable without the ridiculous prejudice I endured.

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