Emily Fritcke

Why No Other Male-Dominated Scientific Field Is More Worrisome Than Artificial Intelligence

My mother enrolled in a high school physics course in 1968. This wouldn’t be especially notable except for the fact that it was the first time in her school’s history that girls were permitted to take physics. In prior years, boys were allowed to study physics while girls were expected to enroll in home economics. While my mother acknowledges she was not destined for a career in physics, there were women of her generation that did aspire to enter the scientific field: Dr. France Córdova, Director of the National Science Foundation; Shirley Ann Jackson, President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; and Persis Drell, former director of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, are just a few of the women who not only studied physics, but excelled and built their careers in the field despite the barriers of their generation. 

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