When I started my first chemistry lab, I was kind of nervous. I hung back while the boys charged in and seized bottles and equipment like they knew exactly what they were doing. But I watched them closely and realized they didn’t have a clue. So I said to myself, “If we’re on equal footing now, what’s stopping me from working right beside them?”
Fifteen years later, I have an advanced degree from the most prestigious scientific institution in the world, and those boys, well, don’t. In fact, for the first time in history, more women than men are majoring in science. And it’s about frickin’ time.