Some Aspects of Women in Science, 1974, page 7
Men fear women because they have not been taught how to work with a woman. Women are mothers, wives, sweethearts, girlfriends, relatives. But co—workers? Colleagues? Our society affords men few opportunities to learn how to work with women, to know women other than in their stereotyped, culture—conditioned roles. J.W. Schoonover, March 21, 1974 "No. They are not born to rule.“ ~ New York Times, p. 41. Do consider the fact that now, in my field - genetics, there are both expanding and numerous opportunities for women. .Genetic counseling involving primarily interpretive tasks, is concerned with all aﬁsects of birth defects and requires at least the Master's degree _level of formal training,(The National Foundation / March of Dimes, iBox 2000, White Plains, New York 10602 publishes a helpful, free booklet about this new profession, "Genetic Counseling.") With a Ph.D. in genetics the opportunities are even broader, encompassing, in addition to counseling, analytic and research work as well as teaching at various levels. Genetics, as other specialties, includes a number of subdivisions, among them the aforementioned population genetics, plus biochemical, molecular, cytological, mathematical, microbial, botanical, human and even behavioral genetics. This last is a new fertile hybrid between psychology and biology with its own biochemical, statistical, and psychiatric aspects. It is bolstered by a new journal, "Behavior Genetics" (Plenum Press, New York). To sum, professional genetics without doubt requires hard, devoted attention spanning long hours, but I honestly see no current impediment to the success of women in genetics just because they are women. I know of only one firm biological requirement: Stamina— of the sort that derives from sturdy physical health! Judy Koopmann, science librarian, State University of New York at Purchase,. helped me in the literature search and criticized this manuscript.