Nautilus has a series called Spark of Science that shares stories of how people came to work in science related fields. The latest story is from France A. Cordova, Director of the National Science Foundation.
France A. Cordova, the director of the National Science Foundation of the United States, former NASA Chief Scientist, and former Chancellor of the University of California, Riverside, had to petition to get into her high school physics class because she was a woman.
“I think they resented that we were taking the space of boys in the classroom,” she said of the Catholic nuns who ran the school. “In compensation, an equal number of boys were allowed to take the art class.”
When she got to Stanford, the expectations were that she study humanities, and she obliged by earning a degree in English. But, driven by a fascination she’d had since early childhood, and by the excitement of the burgeoning space program, she wound her way back to science, to a Ph.D. program at the California Institute of Techology, and to the beginnings of a stellar career.
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