Neil deGrass Tyson was once asked why there were not more women in his field of astrophysics. He replied that he couldn’t speak for women, but having been a black youth interested in pursuing a career in science and astrophysics since the age of nine, he had been dissuaded at every level by educators and the world around him. It was only his personal passion for science that helped him survive the discouragement he encountered. He suggested that looking at genetic differences for an answer would not be helpful, but rather that we look
at the differences in encouragement and opportunity. Only when those are addressed would we see more women and blacks in scientific fields.
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