I looked at the title and immediately stopped chewing on my sandwich as my heart sunk: Physics Today. Oh no, were we going to launch into a discussion about ferroelectricity and magnetism and whether the two foes can coexist? My palms started to sweat. I lost my appetite.
Physics is not my forte.
“No, I mean take a look at the cover shot,” he said. “Nice.”
I looked. It shows a pre-teen girl looking through glass, supposedly at a science museum. The photo is credited to the New York Hall of Science. Nice.
Why is it so nice?
It’s nice because in a subtle, yet powerful way, it brings to our attention the fact that girls can be scientists. That they might actually be interested in left-brain matter material, and wow … that they might be featured on the cover of Physics Today.
I started thinking about why we never see a photo of a girl (or a woman for that matter) featured on the cover of Field and Stream magazine. Or, if we do, they must be few and far between, because I have not seen one featured there for a while. If women make up about 10 percent of the hunting population and some say up to 25 percent of the fishing population, then why don’t we see our representatives there? And what about kids? Wouldn’t you love to see a kid on the cover of Field and Stream?
Time to ramp it up, fellows in charge there, and find a photo or two of a kid, a woman, a senior citizen instead of Mr. Trapper, Mr. Bodybuilder/Lumberjack/Bowhunter, all with facial hair and er, white, and the list goes on.
I know, a lot of the covers are beautiful photographs of big bucks or big bass. So be it … but, how refreshing would it be to take this girl and put her in camo and sit her beside her grandma or her dad on a turkey hunt? How about that photo?
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