I am a bit busy these days, also because of the Higgs challenge.
As a temporary linker-not-thinker, let me share the following URL with you (thanks to David Simmons-Duffin for the hyperlink):
‘Physics was paradise’ (Harvard Gazette)It is a rather interesting interview with Melissa Franklin, an experimental particle physicist who has been the physics department chair at Harvard since 2010. I've served on several thesis committees with her which is not the only reason why I know her pretty well, of course.
She talks about her initial (and later) excitement about physics and some issues about her being the first particle experimentalist girl or woman at various places, including the Society of Fellows etc.
Someone would expect she was planning to become a feminist activist somewhere – which I think is unfortunately a reasonable worry but I agree it's unfair for Melissa. Well, she's still largely responsible for the disinvitation letters after an admission committee realized that they forgot about the girls quotas – several cool boys got their letters saying "please ignore the previous letter that you were accepted, we forgot about your dick, prick". But that was a sort of an anomaly.
Needless to say, the unexpectedness of Jewish women in physics is heavily overrated because Jewish women still have a higher average IQ than the non-Jewish white men (by 7 points – 10 plus points for their Jewish membership, 3 minus points for being female, roughly speaking). Even though the standard deviation of the IQ distribution is still about 10% smaller than it is for men which suppresses women – even Jewish women – near the Sheldon-style highs like IQ=187, the extra 7 or 10 points to start help a big deal.
The interview is about many other interesting things, social and otherwise, including a potential future accelerator.