This woman [Marie Skłodowska-Curie] had to fight her entire life. She was the first female lecturer, the first woman to win a Nobel prize and the only person ever to win Nobel prizes in Physics and Chemistry. She had to fight every single day and even her successes people credited to her husband. It makes me so mad! She was even turned away from university because she didn’t have a penis. How utterly, utterly insane. Where could we be now if we hadn’t repressed half of our society throughout our entire history?
Jamie Gallagher’s tale of putting a group of wolf-whistling teenage boys in their place during a science talk: sobering stuff, but unsurprising. Good on him for taking a stand: I hope that, in time, others will learn to do the same, and not be passive when women are demeaned by schoolchildren.