Einstein’s Advice To A Little Girl Who Wants To Be A Scientist

I wanted to share this great post by Brain Pickings as a lesson for the future for Miss D. Gordon.

In a letter dated September 19, 1946 Tyfanny, a young South African girl, writes to Albert Einstein, currently at the height of his career and cultural prominence:

I forgot to tell you, in my last letter, that I was a girl. I mean I am a girl. I have always regretted this a great deal, but by now I have become more or less resigned to the fact. Anyway, I hate dresses and dances and all the kind of rot girls usually like. I much prefer horses and riding. Long ago, before I wanted to become a scientist, I wanted to b e a jockey and ride horses in races. But that was ages ago, now. I hope you will not think any the less of me for being a girl!

Sometime between September and October 1946 — a snappy response time by the day’s standards — Einstein replies:

I do not mind that you are a girl, but the main thing is that you yourself do not mind. There is no reason for it.
– Albert Einstein, 1946

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