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" As a physics major at Yale in the 1970s, I developed crushes on nearly all my male professors. "
" For women, even if she's nerdy enough to be Steve Jobs, she's undateable. "
" Judging the political climate in my state by walking around lefty Ann Arbor is like a polar bear judging global warming by staring at the ice cube beneath its feet. "
" When I left Yale, it was so painful to me. I had worked so hard, gotten so far, and just walked away. "
" Wandering the book fair at AWP is a great way to get acquainted with a wide sampling of the diverse journals that are out there and the wide sampling of people who produce them. "
" I miss my former teachers, John Hersey and James Alan McPherson. I would love to see either or both and ask what I could do to improve, to deepen my writing. "
" Figuring out why people who choose not to do something don't in fact do it is like attempting to interview the elves who live inside your refrigerator but come out only when the light is off. "
" We still raise girls to look to other people for assurance they are attractive and smart, while boys are raised to determine their own value. Many girls are still made to feel it's not feminine to be good at science or math. "
" If you're a white male growing up in this society, you're constantly receiving encouragement to go on in science in the form of all the images that you're receiving. "
" If a person's self-worth derives from being the only woman in the field, how much affection can she feel toward another woman who might challenge that claim to fame? "
" Success in math and the hard sciences, far from being a matter of gender, is almost entirely dependent on culture - a culture that teaches girls math isn't cool and no one will date them if they excel in physics. "
" Most applicants to creative writing programs submit stories about the angst of their suburban childhoods. "
" The most powerful determinant of whether a woman goes on in science might be whether anyone encourages her to go on. "
" If a female student wants to drop a physics course, no one questions her, but if a male student tries to drop it, he will get pushback and encouraged to stay in, since he will need it later in life. "
" Many of my friends are scientists. "
" When you have different kinds of scientific and mathematical minds approaching problems, you will get more solutions. This leads to more innovation and more creative design. "
" The world is a complex place. "
" The truth is, the less a subject had to do with the visible world, the more talented I was at solving problems. "
" My parents didn't know how to provide me with the encouragement I needed to achieve my dreams. "
" I think women need to hear more encouragement in any field, because I see it - I teach creative writing. And even though it's mostly women in the room, they're not often - or they didn't used to be the ones who went on to publish books. I know this sounds like a tautology, but encouragement is the key. "
" For the individual and for society, the more diversity you have in a field means more ways of solving a problem as well as more creativity and originality. "
" When parents ask why there are still so few girls in advanced science and math classes in high school, I tell them, because girls still need way more encouragement than boys to take those courses. "
" In America, nobody's boyfriend wants them to be smarter than he is, and no one wants to admit it. "
" When I was in seventh grade, I was bored out of my mind. We seemed to be learning the same things over and over in science and math, and two of the boys in my class were allowed to move ahead into these advanced classes, but I wasn't allowed because I was a girl. "
" To make computer science more attractive to women, we might help young women change how they think about themselves and what's expected of them. But we might also diversify the images of scientists they see in the media, along with the decor in the classrooms and offices in which they might want to study or work. "
" Parents don't want their kids to be nerdy. "
" I was nearly as far behind in calculus as I was in physics. But I wasn't the only woman in the class, so I felt more comfortable asking questions. "
" I write and teach creative nonfiction. I was a reporter. "
" Writers find common ground not through the homelands they once inhabited but the thematic questions with which they grapple. "
" When I was in 7th grade, we were all given an exam. It was science and math, and the boys who did well were skipped ahead so that when they got to be juniors or seniors in high school they would be able to go to the local community college and take calculus and physics there. And I wasn't skipped ahead. "
" Knowing how to tactfully criticize someone's work is a mentor's job. "