Why has it been so hard to let brilliant women shine?
Being tenacious in the face of adversity is a quality to be admired. But it forces us to confront what these and other women could have achieved if they had not needed to be so persistent in battling sexism, and they could have channeled that energy into their work. Similarly, what scientific bounty could we be reaping if people of color and other diverse scientists were not even now fighting against racism and bigotry? There is power in telling the stories of diversity in science, and in working on bringing more brilliant people from disadvantaged backgrounds into the public eye. And so I will persist in wearing my Ada costume, and I hope we will all persist in bringing these