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. 🙂