Einstein, Pasteur, Hawking, Bohr. Do you notice anything about these people, besides the fact that they made some of the most important scientific discoveries in history?
They’re all men.
The recipients of the Noble Prizes this week—from physics, medicine and chemistry—are all men, too.
Historically, men have dominated the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, also known as STEM.
But just last summer, researchers at Yale University found that physicists, chemists, and biologists are still likely to view a young male scientist more favorably than a female one.
Eileen Pollack is now a professor of creative writing at University of Michigan, but she was one of the first two women to earn a bachelor of science in physics from Yale.
She joins The Takeaway to talk about why she didn't continue her studies in the sciences, and what today’s culture has to do with it.