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Katey Alatalo
This article has made me super angry. Do you want to know what it is like trying to be a woman in a scientific space? Let me tell you. 1/
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Katey Alatalo 23 Sep 17
Replying to @astrokatey
Your teachers will start telling you when you are young that you are “not ready” for advanced math. 2/
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Katey Alatalo 23 Sep 17
Replying to @astrokatey
I was just lucky my mother stood up for me with that teacher. Otherwise I would not have been in calculus in high school 3/
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Katey Alatalo 23 Sep 17
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In college, you will be in classes where your male classmates will tell you how easy the homework was. You’ll doubt yourself a lot 4/
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Katey Alatalo 23 Sep 17
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to find out they were scoring Cs while you were getting As. Be ready for them to also say things like “women aren’t naturally scientists” 5/
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Katey Alatalo 23 Sep 17
Replying to @astrokatey
Those same men will look at you like a possible person to date, when you just want to do your work. You learn to close yourself off. 6/
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Katey Alatalo 23 Sep 17
Replying to @astrokatey
Then, if you’re lucky, the president of Harvard will give a speech about women being biologically inferior in science 7/
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Katey Alatalo 23 Sep 17
Replying to @astrokatey
And you’ll get to listen to your peers repeating that all around you. You get into top grad schools, are told it’s because you’re a woman 8/
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Katey Alatalo 23 Sep 17
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You go. Then your advisor makes you uncomfortable by staring at your chest 9/
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Katey Alatalo 23 Sep 17
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You make it clear they made you uncomfortable. So they isolate you, insult you, and try to drive out of science 10/
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Katey Alatalo 23 Sep 17
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When it is too much, you report it to the chair. Who tells you that you are overreacting, or lying. And threatens to throw you out 11/
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Katey Alatalo 23 Sep 17
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You put your head down & try hard as you can not to “rock the boat” after the chair did you the “favor” of letting you switch advisors 12/
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Katey Alatalo 23 Sep 17
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The stress of merely surviving saps you of the creative energy you needed to write and advance academically 13/
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Katey Alatalo 23 Sep 17
Replying to @astrokatey
AND that ex-advisor is using his platform to denigrate you and your science 14/
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Katey Alatalo 23 Sep 17
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MIRACULOUSLY you make it out. You graduate, you get your Ph.D. and you get a postdoc 15/
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Katey Alatalo 23 Sep 17
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You work your BUTT off to catch up to peers. Build the networks your advisor usually helps you build and manage to get good science done 16/
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Katey Alatalo 23 Sep 17
Replying to @astrokatey
YOU DID IT! You got a fellowship!! You talk about your struggles. Many don’t believe you 17/
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Katey Alatalo 23 Sep 17
Replying to @nytimes
Every day, articles like the one in the come out to remind you your voice matters less than a spoiled white boy’s 18/
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Katey Alatalo 23 Sep 17
Replying to @astrokatey
And those classmates and those harassers come back to your mind. And you wonder… 19/
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Katey Alatalo 23 Sep 17
Replying to @astrokatey
Was the cost of having the audacity to want to be an astronomer while also being a woman worth it? 20/
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