An Illustrated Lesson on How to be an Ally

I wanted to post a brief vignette here today — it’s women-in-physics related, although not specifically pregnancy-in-physics related.  Today, one of my male colleagues illustrated beautifully how to be a great ally to women in the physical sciences.  Here’s the play-by-play:

  • Male physics professor forwards an article about Tim Hunt’s boneheaded comments to me and a few other female science faculty.
  • I write back saying, essentially, “It’s awesome that you’re aware of this and sending it around, and it would be even more awesome if you sent it to some men too.”
  • He writes back and says “Good point! Women don’t need to hear this — they live it. I’ll forward it around more broadly!” Then he sends it out to a science faculty list.

And thus ends today’s lesson on how to be a great ally and not get freaked out and defensive. 🙂

4 thoughts on “An Illustrated Lesson on How to be an Ally

    1. lyra211 Post author

      Nobel Prize-winning scientists, apparently. 🙂 Unbelievable, isn’t it? Except I’ve been around long enough now to know that it’s not unbelievable — the surprising thing is that he thought it was OK to say it out loud. At an event honoring women in science, no less.

    1. lyra211 Post author

      Thank you! It was well done all around — I love it when professional interactions work out so nicely with so much good will on all sides. 🙂


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