Seems like people want to know why more women aren’t in the hard sciences and technology.
I know the answer but there’s a huge BLOCK between knowing and articulating.
Taught two STEM workshops for girls last fall. This audio is one result.
It’s the womb, stupid.
There. I said it.
Babies. Breast pumping/feeding. Cramps (sometimes debilitating). Instinct.
Impossible-to-maintain relationships expire regularly with 70 and 80-hour weeks. Mother ferocity often precludes taking this risk. Can only guess that serious research scientists, inventors, coders and astrophysicists regularly experience equally long days and long-form dedication to their crafts if they aspire to cutting-edge work.
Traditional “family” and collegial roles must be reorganized from the ground up to accommodate allowing infants to bond and grow with the proper attention from primary caretakers. May we structure our workplaces to allow women to have the at-work resources during that first couple/few/five/seven years of life? How many years? At what cost? Expensive I bet. Too expensive. Not gonna happen if women have to choose between the infant and the office.