Sunday, July 31, 2005

The Annual Intel Article

this year comes (quite a few months late) from WaPo. Aptitude Aplenty looks at the general question of women in the sciences and two girls from Montgomery Blair HS in MD in particular, Abby and Sherri. The article is a fascinating exploration of problems and challenges faced by women in science at all levels, as well as an insight into the Intel Science Talent Search (Disclaimer: I was not a semi-finalist).

One line in particular struck me, however. During the grueling interview process that precedes the final selection of a winner, Sherri is overwhelmed and calls home:

"Meeting so many brilliant students and struggling to answer so many difficult questions has been the most humbling experience of her life, she says. At one particularly low point, she called home. "Daddy," she says she told her father, "I'm not sure I belong here."

Zheng Geng, an engineer, tried to reassure her that she did. "You're just as able to handle this as anyone else," she remembers him telling her."


One would have trouble imaging a male contestent making the same phone call. As the article points out, there are still improvements to be made in how we socialize young women to achieve and face challenges.

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