STEM Women Fire Back at Sexism With #DistractinglySexy Responses

Women working in STEM fields are 45% more likely than their male counterparts to leave the industry within a year. This is a field that is already dominated by men in academia. Women have cited isolation, biased evaluations and a lack of sponsors as reasons they leave science, engineering and tech fields.
“It’s death by a thousand cuts,” said Janet Bandows Koster, executive director of theAssociation for Women in Science. “Every day you’re faced with some comment, some snide remark, some inability to get a name on a research paper. And with an accumulation of those experiences, women tend to walk with their feet.”
This week, women in science collectively took a very public cut when Nobel Prize-winning scientist Tim Hunt said the following at a lunch for women at the World Conference of Science Journalists in South Korea:
 “Let me tell you about my trouble with girls. Three things happen when they are in the lab: You fall in love with them, they fall in love with you, and when you criticise them they cry.”
The 72-year-old British scientist has since resigned from his post at University College London over the controversial comments and said, “What was intended as a sort of light-hearted, ironic comment was apparently interpreted deadly seriously.”
 Meanwhile, women in the field have responded with both outrage and humor.
 “I can’t think of a time I’ve cried in the lab,” said Rebecca Ellison, a nuclear chemist in Charleston, S.C. “Thrown glassware? Absolutely. There’s nothing like shattering a piece of expensive glassware after a test goes wrong to calm you down.
“If Mr. Hunt can’t handle working with a woman covered head to toe in PPE (personal protective equipment), then maybe he’s the one who should refrain from working in a co-ed laboratory.”
Other women have taken to social media to share their reaction to the news that their presence in scientific fields is so distractingly sexy:

 

 

Image Source: Twitter 

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