Letter to the Editor: ‘Women in sciences’ article inaccurate and offensive

Dear Skiff editors, I am writing in regards to your recent front-page article outlining women in science at TCU. As a woman in the science department I found the article offensive and misguided. First, the picture on the front of the newspaper was of senior biology major Megan Canady. She is the president of Alpha Epsilon Delta, a pre-health honor society at TCU. She was presenting before our professor Dr. Phil Hartman gave his annual talk on the requirements to go to medical school, among other health professions schools. I take offense at the fact that you clearly found the first female biology professor on the list and assumed it was her in the picture. It wasn’t. Check your facts. Second, I don’t see why a story highlighting women in the sciences is even necessary. As I hope to become a physician one day, I am fully aware that there are more men in my chosen field than women, but I don’t need that pointed out. People should learn to treat everyone the same. Women have the same intelligence levels and capabilities in the classroom as men, so there is no need to point out any differences in numbers. It’s not a new thing that women are allowed to learn science, so stop making a big deal out of it. Next time, why don’t you focus on something worth mentioning, like TCU being honored with the presence of more than 30 health professions schools that are taking interest in the talent, both male and female, coming out of TCU. And for goodness’ sake, start double checking what you print.

Hannah Crooke is a junior biology major from Lenexa, Kan.