Making It as a Woman in Science

Kathleen Kash, chairwoman of the Physics Department at Case Western Reserve University and a Shaker Heights High School parent, expresses hope for the future of women in science. “Women are good managers,” Kash said. “Science is a collaborative effort; we [women] make better collaborators.” But Kash notes that a woman’s resume is less likely to be accepted than a man’s, citing an experiment in which a man and a woman submitted the same resume for a job and only the man’s was accepted. In a lab after getting her doctorate, Kash recalls a technician telling her: “You shouldn’t be here. You should be home having children.”

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