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Gender imbalance on PF?

Who are you?

Poll closed Oct 8, 2008.
  1. Female, in Physics

    5.6%
  2. Female, in other science or math

    7.0%
  3. Female, non-science or technical

    2.8%
  4. Male, in physics

    33.8%
  5. Male, in other science or math

    42.3%
  6. Male, in non-science

    8.5%
  1. Oct 1, 2006 #1
    A casual comment in the "Gender Specific Fears" thread made me think:

    It suddenly occured to me that I can't think of any physics girls on PF (I don't know any in real life, either.) Are there really none here, or are there some who are not very visible?

    I mean the gender imbalance in physics is well known, it frequently comes up in Physics Today letters and such.

    The poll attached asks (for those in college or beyond) - what your college major/postgraduate field/real world occupation is, and to which gender you belong. I'm not distinguishing among the other sciences/occupations because I don't think there are enough of us for those kind of subgroups.

    :frown:
     
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  3. Oct 1, 2006 #2

    Pythagorean

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    hint: i'll be famous when I'm dead.
     
  4. Oct 1, 2006 #3
    I'm still in school, but I want to be a physicist. So I'll just put physics down.
     
  5. Oct 1, 2006 #4
    Female in Other Science/Math

    I'm in general science right now doing preprofessional requirements for Medical Laboratory Science, but if that doesn't work I will be majoring in Biochemistry.
     
  6. Oct 1, 2006 #5
    Male, non-science. I've never taken any kind of proper science course. In high school I had to take one course that was a catch-all introduction to physics, chemistry, and biology.
     
  7. Oct 1, 2006 #6
    Male, Math.
     
  8. Oct 1, 2006 #7
    Male, shmuck.

    PS. better keep away from Marlon on this issue :rofl:
     
  9. Oct 2, 2006 #8

    George Jones

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    My wife doesn't participate in PF, but she does have a B.Sc and an M.Sc in Physics, and an M.A.Sc in Material Science Engineering.
     
  10. Oct 2, 2006 #9
    I will just keep quiet.

    marlon
     
  11. Oct 2, 2006 #10

    J77

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    I work in physics at the moment, but I choose other science and math.
     
  12. Oct 2, 2006 #11

    Astronuc

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    Does science include medicine, engineering and technology, each of which may be considered applied science with varying degrees of applied mathematics? Otherwise, doctors, engineers and technologists, get thrown in the mix with non-scientists and lawyers (a class unto themselves :rofl: ).
     
  13. Oct 2, 2006 #12

    brewnog

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    Yeah, what's an engineer? I'd never admit to being a scientist (less so a mathematician).

    Astro, I think we're special.
     
  14. Oct 2, 2006 #13

    Evo

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    I'm a female in technology. And using my technical powers, I added a technical category. :biggrin:
     
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  15. Oct 2, 2006 #14

    Astronuc

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    And modest too! :rofl:

    I am waiting for clarification before classification. :biggrin:

    I would have put engineering and technology parenthetically with other science, as opposed to non-science meaning humanities, e.g. arts, literature, etc.
     
  16. Oct 2, 2006 #15

    Mech_Engineer

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    I too will be waiting before I vote myself in... :cool:
     
  17. Oct 2, 2006 #16

    Math Is Hard

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    I don't think the female physicists of PF will weigh in here. I don't think I have ever seen them in GD.
     
  18. Oct 2, 2006 #17

    Evo

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    I haven't either.
     
  19. Oct 2, 2006 #18

    JasonRox

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    Lots of school left. :surprised

    Good luck with everything and hold on to that friend! :smile:
     
  20. Oct 2, 2006 #19

    brewnog

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    And what might your profession be, Mech Engineer?
     
  21. Oct 2, 2006 #20
    It makes a difference in the matter of cubercrushes. For example, there used to be a poster who always had a hot female avatar of one sort or another. Whe I found out it was a guy I felt I'd been distinctly mislead.
     
  22. Oct 2, 2006 #21

    Evo

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    Was that MacTech? Didn't he state in his signature that he was male, but no one ever read it. I think Danger also thought he was a girl. :biggrin:

    WHO KEEPS MOVING THE SMILIES?????
     
  23. Oct 2, 2006 #22

    brewnog

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    Whinge whinge whinge. It's always about the "who keeps moving the smilies" with you female technologists. :tongue:
     
  24. Oct 2, 2006 #23
    Yeah, it was MacTech. Signature aside, it's really a form of transvestitism. Made me suspicious of all the apparent women for a while.

    In other cases, not knowing means you have to resort to the awkward s/he. I also recall Mr. Robin Parsons having some sort of crisis when he decided to wonder if I was male or female.
     
  25. Oct 4, 2006 #24

    Astronuc

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    Well I am male. :biggrin:

    I put myself in other science, since I do a lot of applied math and physics in my work - which primarily involves simulations of nuclear fuel and systems (predictive analysis), thermo-mechanical analysis, failure and root cause analysis, and modeling the impact of radiation on the mechanical and thermophysical properties of materials, and how materials perform in their intended environment under normal and abnormal transient conditions.


    Anyway, as for women in science and technology, the NY Times published a commentary on this very subject.

    Numbers Are Male, Said Pythagoras, and the Idea Persists
    http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/03/science/03comm.html

    By MARGARET WERTHEIM
    Published: October 3, 2006
    It's time to change those negative attitudes. :grumpy:
     
  26. Oct 4, 2006 #25

    BobG

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    You mean Saint?
     
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