Thursday, May 19, 2011

Girls in Science?

I was walking down the Linac Gallery hallway, as I do many times every day, and there was a tour group of high school kids blocking the way. This also happens a lot. As I approached the group, I slowed down and said, with great cheer in my heart, "Excuse me." I love seeing these kids near my office. Actually, I love kids.

At the moment I spoke, the Grumpy Old Guy who was bringing up the rear of the group grumped,"Move it!" A split second later, he added, "Betsy, MOVE IT!" The poor girl did not have any time between my (hopefully) friendly greeting and Grumpy Old Guy's admonition.

Is this why there are no (few) women in science?