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Pink Diplomas: Gender Bias in Upper-Division Math and Science

By Amanda Bertsch

This essay was written for Tri-City Prep’s Math Honors class, which asks students each spring to write a paper on a topic in mathematics.

“What are you even doing here? You belong in the kitchen, barefoot and pregnant.”

These are the words that greeted Eileen Bertsch when she went to ask her calculus TA a question. Shocked, she didn’t respond, walking away without the answer to her query (Bertsch). The year was 1980.

Almost a century after the first women graduated from engineering programs, she was facing some of the same blunt rejection that these pioneering women engineers struggled through. As a freshman in college, she was hearing the same sexist rhetoric that had persisted for decades, still as sharply obvious as ever. Her calculus TA, while a particularly blatant example of why women are underrepresented in engineering, was only one of a series of challenges she and her sister Patricia Haslach would face as they earned engineering degrees. Continue reading


Women’s Marches: The 10 Things To Know

By Amanda Bertsch


On January 20th, the United States will swear in its 45th president. On January 21st, hundreds of thousands will take to the streets.

The idea of a January 21st march originated on Facebook and spread quickly. The Women’s March on Washington website now boasts a neat design and an estimate of more than 200,000 attendees. Sister marches across the country could bring out more than a million Americans in protest on Donald Trump’s very first day in office. This Q-and-A breaks down what you need to know.


  1. Why are people marching?

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