Anonymous asked:

Hey Shychemist. I've been following your blog for awhile and I want to bring up something that seems dated but nonetheless holds to be accurate today. I feel like the girls who consider themselves to be on the science side of tumblr to be horribly mistaken. It's statistically proven that women applicants struggle to get into stem doctorate programs, and rightfully so, they don't belong there. examples- atomic-o-licious, brainsx , adventuresinchemistry, i can't fit anymore but you get it

shychemist answered:

It doesn’t seem dated, your attitude is dated. This is the 21st century.

Women deserve to be in STEM programs just as much as men. I’d wager they deserve to succeed in the Sciences even more than men because of the sexism and misogyny they experience.

They struggle to get in because they’re the minority, and a lot of people who could admit them are sexist (regardless of gender) because of the society they grew up in. Its not through any intellectual weakness. These women are amazing and just as smart as the men in their fields.

You have no right to say these things to these amazing women, many of whom I consider to be friends.











Wow. That seems like really fucking wrong. And offensive.
And I would love to take some more time out of my day to be pissed about it.

It seems that I have a lot of fucking science to do. 
So, uh, screw that.
If anybody needs me, me and my lady bits will be getting some fucking science done.


I’m oddly excited to have been name checked by this shitty anon. Because it means that the very fact that I got into an Ivy League, top 15 science PhD program (where I fucking belong) is a giant fuck you to shitty anon. Also, shitty anons make Lewis sad. Because Lewis is a feminists science hippo.


imageBest way for me to deal with shitty nonnies who think women can’t do science? DO MORE SCIENCE!!!! MWAHAHAHA


Crap, I’m a woman biologist. I’d go get another career but I have a groundbreaking thesis on rapid evolution of reproductive isolation between seed beetle populations to finish. 

I’m not a well-known tumblr scientist…but I am a scientist all the same. And while I could probably obtain a more gender-appropriate occupation… I’m pretty content with the fact I’m an atmospheric chemist Additionally, I am also one of the few women who have managed to be selected to intern at NASA’s airborne research program. 




Do I not deserve a place in the STEM fields, anon? 

Hey ladies! Mind if some physicists join in?

At the CERN visiting the CMS part of the LHC where were were working for 8 months on both computational and experimental work:


Presenting our research at a conference on Physics of Living Systems:

And visiting the Wind Tunnel experiment after presenting our research at Max Planck Institute at a Advances in Cardiac Dynamics Workshop


Yo, I haven’t posted for a while, but I’m doing a PhD in isotope geochemistry and this made me mad enough to come out of the Pb isotope lab and take this ‘selfie’ to make damn sure no-one thinks that girls can’t do science. I do what I do because I love it, and you know what? I kick ass at it. So jog on hateful anon, we’ve got science to do. 


I’m a woman and I do math. I agree with anon, though, that I don’t really belong in a doctorate program: I already have my PhD.

I don’t do selfies, so here’s a photo of what my desk looked like Friday:


You’ll notice that there’s no effing way to tell from my desk that I’m actually a woman, because all that’s there is math (and tea). Because math doesn’t care what your gender is; it works the same way for everyone.


Ooh look, here’s a picture of me with the (now disassembled) CDF detector at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, where I did research in Astrophysics.

And below is a picture of me and some nuclear fuel assemblies in the background at my current job in the nuclear power industry. It’s statistically proven that girls struggle to get into STEM fields but only because backwards people like you make it so hard for us. But I won’t let you or anyone like you get to me, I love my STEM field and I encourage any girls who love STEM to pursue their dream and ignore those who want to see you fail



Here’s a photo that was taken of me two years ago when I received the only PhD scholarship offered by an organisation in my state! My research studies revolves around characterising the allergen-specific B cells involved in the allergic response. 

Also here’s a flashback to when I received it! http://kellyyyllek.tumblr.com/post/14449014293/holy-crap-everyone-my-extremely-good-news-was

The fact women in STEM is still an uphill battle against people with backwards ideals means that we still find it hard to reach top positions in our respective fields. We still challenge ourselves in a field dominated by males. We struggle, still, because we love what we do. Women have equal rights as our counterparts to help achieve so much in this world and our gender should never have to hinder that. 




look at elsa’s right hand

that little squeeze and pull

yes elsa, she’s really there

yeah but not only that, notice that Anna smiles because of it. Anna comes back from the fucking dead to feel her sister hold her for the first time in years. she doesn’t scream or cry, she’s not angry. she just smiles because holy shit Elsa is there and Elsa loves her.