Why does Physicist Barbie want to wear pants?

If “femininity” and “physicist” cannot coexist even in Barbieland, how are we ever to support their coexistence in the real world, Natasha Holmes, the Ann S. Bowers Associate Professor of physics in the College of Arts and Sciences, asks in an Inside Higher Ed opinion article.

“Often, women reject what is stereotypically feminine as they embrace their identities as physicists,” Holmes writes in the piece. “Whether implicitly or explicitly, they seek to fit in to the existing physics culture, which is overwhelmingly masculine. They wear pants.”

Read the story in Inside Higher Ed.

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