These days I’ll focus on one arena of physics that women are prolific in (numbers and pubs), that is astronomy. Yes there are a number of women gladly occupying small posts or large enough ones such as Jill Carter of the SETI project for example, where we should-a, ought-a, not-ta complain so much about the missing proportions of females in physics. Astronomy is Physics – right? Wrong. They are not equivalent, one is a subset of the other and often acts like the red-haired step-child. We physicists and Astronomers do get into it on occasion about ‘snobbery’ on our part (we physicists that is), but I’m not likely to take a stand now as I’m not employed in either field at present. Yet the rustling about seems to be a reflection of other issues such as professional respect, funding, ???? And what about the relative abundance of gals in that field – astronomy? Is it more welcoming or is it that snobbery along with the last bastion of male dominance prevents women from continuing onwards into physics research, an academic or think tank post? I think I said it in an earlier post on a report of a researcher who discovered that women are still burdened by their parents illusions that they can be supermoms and super physicists at the same time. I know I thought I could do it and I did; full time physics grad student as well as scout mom to two boys, soccer mom, grad teaching fellow, door matting to other family who thought I could satisfy their expectations and needs at the same time. And after graduation; fighting for funding, not able to move to a postdoc elsewhere, running an observatory and planetarium curriculum development program, etc, etc. If anyone outside has a perspective on this – feel free to write in. I got to get off my touchas and seriously get my blogging together for this to be of any benefit to others.