A look at the notion of whether women can’t do well in math and science.

One day back in 1975 a senior at a New York City parochial school named Ursula Burns went to the library on a mission. She was a very good student–a whiz, in fact, in science and math, but as she looked toward college her teachers at Cathedral High School were offering little encouragement for a future in those disciplines. They wanted her to pursue a career in education. Burns, the daughter of a single mother who ironed clothes for a living, had different ambitions. She wanted–she needed–to make good money. So she lugged some career directories down from the library shelves and thumbed through their pages for professions requiring math or science degrees. Engineering fit. She delved further and learned that the field with the highest starting salaries was chemical engineering. Mission accomplished. She would become a chemical engineer. – From Forbes