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By Karen Workman
Jessica Kirkpatrick, an undergrad student, was wearing dishwashing gloves to clean part of her research experiment when a senior member of her team walked by.
“That’s what women are good for, washing dishes in the kitchen,” he said, she recalled of the incident 15 or so years ago.
That’s among the less threatening stories of harassment shared by Dr. Kirkpatrick, 35, a former physics and astrophysics student at the University of California, Berkeley, who went on to get her doctorate.
She and many other women in astronomy have been tweeting about similar experiences using the hashtag #astroSH. The outpouring has surged since Tuesday, when Representative Jackie Speier, Democrat of California, announced a push for legislation to address sexism at universities.
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