Japan’s ‘Science Women’ seek an identity

When she meets people off campus, Junko Tsuchiyagaito, 23, does not usually let on that she studies chemistry at the graduate level, The New York Times reports. She does not deliberately withhold the information, but she does not volunteer it, either.  She said that Japanese women who studied the humanities were seen as being more polished and attractive, especially at Aoyama Gakuin University, which is known for its fashionable student body. “But the image of women in science is that of someone whose hair is disheveled and who does not care about beauty. Men think you are not cute.”

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