Which Female Scientist Are You?
By: Zoe Samuel
About This Quiz
Though their achievements were hard-won in the face of cynical societies, women have always been at the forefront of science. Which pioneer in your field are you?
What's the most productive era of science?
What's your scientific field?
What scientist do you admire?
Lise Meitner, who also did not give a damn
Katherine Johnson, my contemporary
What benefit did your science have?
Who got credit for your work?
Me and my husband split it
My stupid colleagues stole it
Do people see your field as a man's field, even now?
Yes, which is ridiculous because it was created by a woman and was seen as a woman's job until the 80's, when men took it over and paid themselves way more
Yes, mostly, though it is seen as a mix these days
Yes, on multiple levels, because of the military aspects of it
What do you wear to do science?
A lab coat and tweed skirt suit
Have people heard of your invention?
What do people not understand about your invention or discovery?
Why it's better than the alternatives
What did your invention replace?
Arguably, it replaced the Industrial Age with the Information Age
Doing way too much math by hand
Are you more of the discovering than the inventing kind?
What's your personal reputation?
I am seen as awesome by those who know me
I am seen as prickly, which you would be too if you had to put up with the crap they dumped on me
I am seen as nice and determined
I am known as "amazing" now, though I was not always
Would you give up true love for science?
No need, my love loves science as much as me
No, though I lost it anyway and science was my great consolation
Would you give your life in the pursuit of knowledge?
Are you patriotic?
Yes, my folks were immigrants
Were you appropriately recognized in your time?
I was recognized, but not as much as I should have been
Are you recognized sufficiently now?
Still no, though I do have a special day, people don't know I literally invented frigging computers
Nope, though I am getting more so
Mostly, yes, especially within my field
Yes, I got a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom and the military worships my name
Did you have a nice upbringing?
No, my father was a deadbeat
Yes, we were educated and affluent
Yes, my parents were very loving and encouraged my education
Yes, people assume because I am a woman of color that we were not well off, but actually, we were quite elite
What would you have been if you had limited yourself to what people expected of you?
Do you have nice colleagues?
Yes, once I earned their respect
Are you good at abstract thinking?
Yes extremely, but I'm also very practical
It is one of many types of thinking I am amazing at
Are you good at practical experimentation?
Yes, it is my defining characteristic to combine the theories of my field with the practicalities of proving those theories in the real world
Yes, I design experiments that loads of people use today
Yes, I am a military person after all
How concerned with safety are you?
Very - it's my defining invention
What's your social rank?
I am borderline upper class
How good are you at re-purposing technology?
I am good at inventing new technology that incorporates the old
I am good at showing that technology can do more than its creators sometimes think
Are you adaptable?
Scientifically yes, socially no
Yes, that is essential to my job
Are you mechanically inclined?
Yes, but I like to make the mechanical algorithmic
I see machines as a means to an end
Yes, right down to the level of the chemistry involved
Yes, but I also like the numbers
What would you tell little girls thinking of going into science?
If you marry, marry a man who supports your dreams as much as you support his: anything less will drag you down
I would tell them to do it, but to watch out for weak men who try to steal your work and undermine you
I would say I have had a wonderful career, worked with great people, and fulfilled my potential, and they can too
I would tell them to keep their chin up and fight it out until they earn the respect of their colleagues; after that, it's all good