Some Aspects of Women in Science, 1974, page 7

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          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.