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Mostly unconcerned about appearance and manners, biographers suggest she focused on her studies. A distinguished algebraist Olga Taussky-Todd described a luncheon, during which Noether, wholly engrossed in a discussion of mathematics, "gesticulated wildly" as she ate and "spilled her food constantly and wiped it off from her dress, completely unperturbed". Appearance-conscious students cringed as she retrieved the handkerchief from her blouse and ignored the increasing disarray of her hair during a lecture. Two female students once approached her during a break in a two-hour class to express their concern, but they were unable to break through the energetic mathematics discussion she was having with other students.
Famously, the mathematician Edmund Landau was asked if Noether was an instance of a great female mathematician and he replied humorously – “I can testify that Emmy is a great mathematician, but that she is female, I cannot swear.”
I have seen them work well in support roles, but not as designers. Best I can figure is women are more balanced in their approach to life, that is why the do better in school, but get blown by in most real world situation. Fact is the folks that succeed in any field are not exactly balanced, they eat, sleep, live and die by their profession. Second to these folks (not one myself) are people that do the field as a means to an end, but they are driven in some vocation that the engineering field pays for. It is a means to an end and they are still driven folks and do not want to waste their time at work.
None of the women cared enough to be thinking about the problems at lunch, when they drove in or on their time off. None of the women want to put in the hours when there is stress situation, which is when the best engineers show what they are made of.