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Chester tagged me to answer a few questions for getting to know you & me. It looks like a lot of fun, and I hope you’d join us too!

Are you sunrise, daylight, twilight, or night? Please share why you picked your time of day?

twilight

I love watching the sunset, so I’d have to pick twilight. To me, the sunset symbolizes the end of a productive day, a job well done. It’s a clear distinction between working hard and playing hard.

Plus, I’m not a morning person at all. Nothing will convince me otherwise.

What is one goal you’d like to accomplish in your lifetime?

Buy a house. I’ve never lived in one place for more than a few years. My dad’s business took us several places, and then I went to study abroad, and I’ve kept on moving for one reason or another. Going to a new place was exciting when I was younger, but now I think I’m ready to settle down. Nest, so to speak. I want a real home.

If you could meet any historical figure, who would you choose and why?

Rosalind_Franklin

Rosalind Franklin. I’d love to hear her thoughts about sexism in the STEM fields which is still very much a thing today. There was a recent Medium article about how women shouldn’t code (written by a woman no less, sigh), and it’s frustrating that we have to justify our place in the tech industry. That article did nothing but insult women’s capabilities, by the way. Ugh.

Anyway, Franklin was an X-ray crystallographer whose research led to the discovery of DNA’s double helix structure. For those who don’t know the story, James Watson, Francis Crick, and Maurice Wilkins deduced the double helix structure after viewing Franklin’s data without her permission. She was very close to finding the structure herself. Watson, Crick, and Wilkins won the Nobel Prize years later for their “discovery.” Her efforts were conveniently overlooked.

Their case is now a major talking point for ethics in research, but it also reflected the barriers women faced in science at the time and of which remnants still exist today. Franklin wasn’t the only woman in science who was snubbed by sexism.

If I could meet her, I’d tell her that she hasn’t been forgotten. I’d thank her for her work in furthering our scientific knowledge. None of what we know about DNA structure would’ve been possible without her.

You’ve discovered a time machine. Where and when would you travel to?

family-2

My family, 2006

Not too far back. I’d go back to ten years ago, when my dad was still alive and healthy. Maybe I’ll urge him to see a doctor, warn him about the cancer. Or maybe just be with him again. Let him know how much I love him and everything else I never got to say.

If your life had a slogan, what would it say?

Don’t give up.

We all have our own demons to fight, and I know it’s hard. I won’t pretend I know what any of you are going through. All I can tell you is please don’t give up. Whatever dealing with, I believe in you. ♥

Thank you for the tag, Chester! Please do check out Getting to Know You & Me if you’d like to participate yourself. ◕◡◕

Comments

  1. That’s really unfortunate about Rosalind Franklin. Surprisingly, this issue is tackled a lot in romance novels haha. But I digress. Hopefully, things do get better soon. It’s ridiculous how there are still gender barriers in the science and technical fields.

    And remembering not to give up is so important.
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    1. Yeah, it’s still an uphill battle. It’s not as grand as suffrage, but misogynistic attitudes are still common and needs to be unlearned.

  2. Watching the sunset is nice! You get a mixture of two different time periods in one go. And I agree with your saying how it symbolizes an end of a productive day!

    Buying a house is a must! But be sure to buy a good one that you can stay for a while ;). Or maybe that’s just me, I just like to settle once. *o*.

    We’re in the 21st century, women should be able to do anything they want, even in the STEM fields. Everyone should be given the equal opportunity. As for being able to successfully complete the requirements, that’s on the individual, not the gender.

    I agree with all of us having inner demons to fight. I’ve been going through that immensely within the past couple of weeks. …. Well, it is what it is? ,___, We’ll pull through :)

    1. I agree that an individual’s achievements should be based on merit, but we shouldn’t ignore the gender disparity in STEM because of the high turnover rate of women in the field.

      It’s very much a question of why, and the why is not always something quantifiable because people have different experiences based on their race, gender, income bracket, etc. And the scientific method is not one to just accept anecdotes. Skepticism is a very good thing for research, not so much for people’s experiences.

  3. I loved your answers, especially the one about going back to the time when your family was complete and your dad was still alive. It really made me feel something inside, like an ache in my heart. I’m sure your father is smiling down on you from heaven right now :)
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  4. I did not know that about Rosalind Franklin, how horrible that other people took her work and she was not regionalised for it. I am glad that the truth was not buried completely, but it is still a horrible twist. It is so horrible, that because of gender that anyone can be discriminated against, and it still happens.

    This was a really interesting post. :)
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