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Monday, June 20, 2005

Guess all those editors had off for Father's Day

I just read a well-writen LA Times article about gender vs. science aptitude (and it included actual success stories by females in science). It was written by Laurie Reitman and was pretty well done.

But in her story, Reitman included the following sentence "Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has spoken of writing as a child to NASA asking how she could become an astronaut after watching the first men walk on the moon, only to be told the program didn't accept women"

It's a heartbreaking story for any little girl with big dreams but the facts in this story could not possibly be true. Afterall, Senator Clinton was born in 1947 and so she was at least 21 years old when Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon in 1969!

It appears Reitman got her facts a little wrong and her editors all had the day off for Father's Day.

1 comment:

DHuber said...

FYI: The Times has a correction (or clarification) today:

An article in Monday's California section about Caltech's all-female chemical engineering class stated that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) had spoken of writing to NASA shortly after the first moon walk in 1969 to ask how to become an astronaut. Clinton has said she wrote the letter around 1961, when President Kennedy was gearing up for the race to the moon.