Opinion: Thanks to the glass ceiling breakers
Scientist Yarrow Axford reflects on the progress women have made
By Yarrow Axford
This article originally appeared in Science magazine on Sept. 2, 2016.
The night that Hillary Clinton was nominated as a candidate for president, my Facebook feed lit up with cries of historic triumph. But my own celebration was bittersweet. I was thrilled to see Hillary crack that glass ceiling, but I couldn't stop thinking about the spine of steel it took for her to reach that milestone. Sexism has stalked her relentlessly on her climb up the ladder, taking forms including mocking references to “cankles” and cackling, a “Bern the Witch” debate viewing party, and “Trump that Bitch” buttons. For me, she has long personified both the progress that women have made and the challenges we still face as we climb the rungs of our professions.