But even in this golden age of science, women like Dr. Sarachik were discouraged from participating.
Two years before her work with the effect of Kondo, Dr. Sarachik, yielding to the expectations of the day, set aside his research in physics one year after completing his doctorate. at Columbia University in New York. She would stay home and take care of Karen, her newborn daughter.
“I was home for about a month and I realized I would never survive that,” she said.
Her husband, Philip, an associate professor of electrical engineering in Colombia, urged her to return to research. She remembered him saying, “I̵
But when she attended a job fair at a physics conference in New York, Dr. Sarachik, unlike her classmates in Colombia, did not receive any requests for job interviews. “I don’t have any,” she said. “I received absolutely zero. I became very unhappy again. So much, very unhappy. “
In desperation, she turned to one of her professors in Colombia, Polycarp Cush.
“I asked him to help me,” Dr. Sarachik said. “He argued with me long and hard. He said, “You don’t really want to do what you think you want to do. You don’t want to do research. You may need to work part-time. And I said, “No, I want to do some research.”
She said that at the end, back and forth, Dr. Cush stepped back: “Finally, he said, ‘Look, Miriam, we’ve trained you. I don’t know why you want to do what you want to do. But if you want to do it, you have the right to try. “
In an interview, Dr. Sarachik said of Dr. Kush: “He had this bias. We all have him, but he was ready to act on it. ”