Memorial Day repost
Three years and one career later, I still remember how Pollack’s original article resonated so deeply for me. I feel like I am definitely further along my journey to the most rewarding scientific pursuits but still have a long way to go.
Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.
– Marie Curie
Nearly a century of feminine progress has been unsuccessful in eliminating gender bias within certain careers. Recently, Eileen Pollack’s inspiring article in The New York Times has sparked a flurry of praise and inquiry as to why there is still a paucity of women who pursue careers in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). It strikes me as odd because women were making discoveries of human importance long before they could vote. The unfortunate reality is, just because women have the legal right to do the same things as men (in this country anyway), it doesn’t necessarily mean we get equitable opportunity…
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So, this is a short, vulgar post. I’m sorry, Mommy. I hope you believe me when I say that, as a 30-something-year-old, respectful child of yours, I have never spoken the following curse out loud. Continue reading How to swear around the world
Who remembers that song, “Cumberland Gap”?
Is this even a real song? The words go like this: Going Wesssssttttt!!! In a covered wagonnn. Gid-a-long muuuule!!! Giddy up, giddy up! [something something something] Across the Cumberland gaaaaaapppp… Continue reading Random thoughts while traveling
In 2010, I was part of a delegation from Legacies of War that joined 1,200 other participants in Vientiane to attend the first meeting of States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions. It was the most significant international disarmament agreement in decades and it was unexpected – that this dynamic and fast-moving international process, […]