Letters to the Editor

Girls = math and science

After reading Cass Sunstein’s Feb. 25 column, Biased teachers can discourage girls from studying math and science, I was reminded of the advice I was given in 1967 by my high school guidance counselor.

While discussing potential colleges and my interests, I told her that all I had ever wanted to be was a veterinarian.

To which she responded, “Well, dear, you know that you’ll go to college for four years, then on to medical school, and then probably get married and never practice medicine. And all that education will have been wasted on you. Why not major in French?”

I don’t remember much French, but I do remember one phrase very distinctly: “Plus ça change, plus c’est the même chose,” which loosely translates to, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”

Almost 50 years later, girls and women we are still fighting for a place at the table when it comes to science and technology careers.

Barbara Hobbs, Miami Springs