What would the male-female ratio look like in a photo of today's top physicists?
Here's another story that might be about girl power. I dunno.
For some strange reason when I was in my teens, my brain liked math. I taught myself eighth grade algebra at the start of seventh grade and soon reached a point where I needed a ride to the high school across town for geometry.
The school counselor called me into his office. He said that interacting with my peers was just as important as book learning. He recommended that I take a year off from math. "You like to draw. why don't you take another art class?"
So I spent a year as a li'l helper to a math teacher, grading papers and decorating bulletin boards.
Memories evolve with time. As an easily intimidated thirteen-year-old, I heard the counselor saying, in essence, "Miss Titmouse you quirky geek, don't be such a freak!"
Now I believe he was saying, "Miss Titmouse, the school district doesn't want to pay for transportation."