Male scientist writes about life as female scientist
Stanford neuroscientist Ben Barres has a unique perspective on the obstacles for women in science. Barres was born female, trained for a scientific career as a woman, and experienced a significant chunk of her scientific career in a woman's body. He underwent a sex change operation nine years ago, at the age of 42.
"By far," Barres wrote, "the main difference I have noticed is that people who don't know I am transgendered treat me with much more respect" than when he was a woman. "I can even complete a whole sentence without being interrupted by a man." [WaPo]
Barres's account of life as a male and female scientist was published this week in the journal Nature. (Subscription required.)