#GirlsWithToys

Astronomer calls scientists “boys with toys,” gets schooled by the Internet

“Many scientists, I think, secretly are what I call ‘boys with toys’.” Astronomer and Cal Tech professor Shrinivas Kulkarni probably had no idea what an Internet firestorm he started with an off-the-cuff remark during an NPR interview on Saturday. While his remarks were probably not ill-intentioned, they served as a reminder of the difficulties women face in STEM fields, and how their achievements and contributions are often casually ignored or dismissed. So Twitter decided to teach the professor a friendly lesson. Using the hashtag #GirlsWithToys, female scientists across the globe tweeted photos of themselves with their “toys” – i.e., the incredible scientific equipment they helped develop or operate every day:

https://twitter.com/jkru/status/599760222249295872/photo/1

https://twitter.com/annafrebel/status/599746617177198592/photo/1

https://twitter.com/HeNeArXe/status/599684144533221376/photo/1

Point taken, point proven.

Read the full story at The Verge.

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