#girlswithtoys: women remind Twitter they are scientists too

Kat Berry highlighted the trend on Twitter for #girlswithtoys.  See this article by Katie Collins – http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2015-05/18/girls-and-their-toys-hashtag-twitter

‘Female scientists from all over the world have taken to Twitter to post pictures of themselves with tools and equipment from their workplaces alongside the hashtag #girlswithtoys. The pictures are being posted in response to an unfortunate, off-the-cuff comment made by CalTech professor Shrinivas Kulkarni during an NPR interview.

“Many scientists, I think, secretly are what I call ‘boys with toys’,” said Kulkarni, a professor of astronomy and planetary science. While the comment was a blunder by Kulkarni rather than a targeted attack, for many it also exposes the ingrained sexism that goes unacknowledged in the science and technology industries. If nothing else it perpetuated the myth that science and tech are men’s pursuits’

Rita Parai - In mass spec lab now reading the #girlswithtoys stream. This awesome toy is a thermal ionization mass spectrometer!   10:13 PM - 16 May 2015

Rita Parai – In mass spec lab now reading the #girlswithtoys stream. This awesome toy is a thermal ionization mass spectrometer!
10:13 PM – 16 May 2015

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