What appears to be a cis white male in The Brain Scoop comments posted this naive and idealistic statement.
Transcript: “The question “what do you think about women pursuing careers in science?” is an odd one for me… Like, I hear that question, and it bothers me. Because it’s a question we shouldn’t have to ask in friggin’ 2014. Gender shouldn’t make a difference in this day and age. It’s sad that it’s still like this! The question should be “what do you think about people pursuing careers in science?”. And hopefully one day that will be all there is to the question.”
Transcript: “You “we all bleed the same we’re equal” people seem to be white and male (based on your profile pic, apologies if I assumed wrong). Women in STEM are still not widespread.
Women still get paid less than men. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=it0EYBBl5LI
Black men still get paid less than white men.
Black women are still paid less than black men. Then there’s the matter of people who are on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum e.g non-binaries.
So on and so forth.
“it’s a question we shouldn’t have to ask in 2014” And we shouldn’t be saying it in 2017 either. Claiming we’re all equal in a day and age when a soap dispenser cannot see a dark skinned hand (meaning the inventors did NOT test their product on varied skintones) and that white men can march in Charlottesville with racist chants yet still have a job tomorrow.
The question you should be asking is HOW do we improve the situation instead of just thinking we’re now equal after Obama got elected (in the year you made this naive idealistic comment). Then in 2016, the neo-nazis elected their leader as president of the USA.
Just saying “oh we’re all human and equal” does not make racial and gender equality go away. Some resources for you to think about. https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/sa-visual/the-pay-gap-visualized-and-analyzed/ https://www.wisecampaign.org.uk/resources/2015/09/women-in-the-stem-workforce https://www.usnews.com/news/stem-solutions/articles/2016-02-09/report-black-students-underrepresented-in-high-paying-stem-majors http://www.catalyst.org/knowledge/women-science-technology-engineering-and-mathematics-stem http://www.scientistafoundation.com/scientista-spotlights/why-so-few-african-american-women-in-stem http://www.scientistafoundation.com/scientista-spotlights/why-so-few-african-american-women-in-stem-part-ii-by-the-numbers”