Purdue College of Science
When Rebecca Doerge, now head of the Department of Statistics at Purdue, went to her first meeting of the female faculty in the College of Science in 1995, the personnel could sit around one conference table. They are now too numerous to fit in the room.
Barb Clark, as a young computer scientist fresh out of college in the late 1970s, had to be accompanied by a male escort onto the factory floor to collaborate with the men for whom she was writing programs.
Physicist Daniela Bortoletto conducts research at particle accelerators around the world. Her husband is also a physicist. When they travel together to meetings, the people they meet sometimes assume he is the scientist and she is not. The assumption irritates her.
Stephanie Gardner, aspired to join the teaching faculty at a small college. As a researcher in biology, her husband needed the support of a large university. When her husband came to Purdue, Gardner shifted her focus and turned instead to making her mark as an innovative continuing lecturer.