Laura L. Mays Hoopes - Breaking Through the Spiral Ceiling
Laura L. Mays Hoopes was attracted to a career in science during the Eisenhower years, enticed by special activities begun in response to Sputnik. But, she arrived in the field before the establishment was ready for women scientists. It wasn't illegal back then to ask a woman if she was married or if she intended to have children, and there were no rules against sexual harassment at all. It was expected that women would stay home and have kids; only later in the Baby Boom generation were the molds broken and all assumptions overturned.