Astronomer celebrated as the 'mother' of the Hubble Space Telescopefor the obituary of Nancy Grace Roman. It opens with this sentence:
When Nancy Grace Roman requested permission
to take a second algebra course in high school,
the teacher demanded to know, "what lady
would take mathematics instead of Latin?"
But Roman persisted in the challenging studies and was not dissuaded by biases. The obituary quotes an interview from Science magazine in which she said:
I am glad I ignored
the many people who told me
that I could not be
And my own views about the loneliness of women in STEM fields are indirectly expressed in this square stanza, posted back in 2011.
When I look around
the room -- if I don't
know in one glance how
many women are
there with me, I smile.