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AMAZEBALLS no really this has literally made my year [20151028|12:27]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Every year since 2009 I've demonstrated in Instrumentation lab in the autumn term. Instrumentation is a third/fourth year elective Physics course, and normally about half of the students also do the lab.

Every year we have between 10 and 30 students in the lab. Every year a percentage of them is female. At most, about a quarter of them. One abysmal year it was 5%.

This year, we have 14 students. Seven of them are female.

Seven. SEVEN. Half of this third-year lab is FEMALE. We have never even been close to parity before.

And they're good, too, all of the students. Some are stronger than others, of course, but overall the standard is high.

TL;DR: HALF MY PHYSICS STUDENTS ARE FEMALE. THIS IS AMAZING. I AM SO HAPPY ABOUT IT. THIS HAS PRETTY MUCH MADE MY YEAR IN TEACHING Y'ALL.

WIN \o/ \o/ \o/

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[User Picture]From: cmcmck
2015-10-28 12:39 (UTC)
Excellent! :o)

Female military historians such as my good self are still rare flowers!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2015-10-28 21:28 (UTC)
Huzzah!

Certain sub-fields of all subjects seem to be prone to great gender disparities. For instance, atmospheric physics does pretty well achieving balance, whilst plasma physics...doesn't.
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[User Picture]From: purplecthulhu
2015-10-28 14:51 (UTC)
Wow - someone's doing something right!

Now we just have to get that to work for the whole of the course.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2015-10-28 21:30 (UTC)
Part of me is pretty sure this occurrence is an outlier, given that the M:F intake ratio for UG physics hasn't shifted much in recent years, and not likely to be repeated next year.

But I'm not going to worry about that now. Now is time for MAXIMUM CELEBRATE. :D
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[User Picture]From: pax_athena
2015-10-28 16:44 (UTC)
YEAH :D :D :D
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2015-10-28 21:30 (UTC)
IT IS TO WIN, OH YES! :D
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[User Picture]From: angelcityblues
2015-10-28 22:48 (UTC)
I just had a little party here at my desk. Little victories. Celebrate them. :)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2015-10-29 10:59 (UTC)
\o/ Yes indeed. Thanks for sharing in my joy.
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[User Picture]From: bryangb
2015-10-29 19:19 (UTC)
*like*
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2015-10-30 09:47 (UTC)
It's a positive sign! \o/
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[User Picture]From: mysterysquid
2015-10-30 11:10 (UTC)
Good to hear. :D

It's easy to lose hope sometimes, but I DO still believe things are getting better.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2015-10-30 15:45 (UTC)
:) They do seem to be. Progress is slow, though; slower than it could be, I'm sure.
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