Walk through any hospital, and in all probability, the majority of physicians honored on wooden panels will be men. When we think of scientists or physicians, we do not picture in our minds a woman, but instead the stereotypical white male.
"So what do you do?" seems innocent enough, but I've grown to dread this common question. As a 28-year-old woman working on my PhD in chemistry I can almost mouth their response. "Really? You're a chemist?"