Female Equality in STEM Fields

(This article originally appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of TCU Magazine.)

by Makenzie Stallo

Themes of lauded film Hidden Figures linger as conversations about gender bias continue, especially in STEM fields.

Sitting in the middle of a Midwest college classroom with books on the desk and pencils sharpened, Diane Snow was unprepared for what happened next on the first day of her introductory chemistry course.

Photo of Dean Diane Snow

Diane Snow, dean of the John V. Roach Honors College

The male professor walked into the room and surveyed students. “There are a couple of women in here,” Snow recalled the man saying. “I should probably just tell you from day one to save you hardship that you might be better off quitting this class and going to find some interest in library science or something where women tend to do better.”

Today, Snow, dean of the John V. Roach Honors College, holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Read more in TCU Magazine.