30, 20, and 10 Years Ago in OPN

Hannah Greenwood

Jean Bennett; nanowire nanolasers; green laser diodes.

Jean Bennett1991 Jean Bennett, OSA’s 1986 president, at OSA’s 1989 Annual Meeting. [Courtesy of W.J. Tomlinson]

“So you want to be a scientist or engineer? Getting a Ph.D. and securing a job afterward can be a daunting task for anyone. For women, that road can sometimes be filled with detours created by the pressures of the endeavor itself and by society … According to a National Science Foundation report on women and minorities in science and engineering, the number of women scientists and engineers employed in the U.S. in 1988 reached approximately 868,000, up from 242,000 a decade ago … Overall, women scientists and engineers want to be thought of for their work, not for their gender.”

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