As a female scientist, particularly as a geologist, I often struggle with how to present myself for “work”. Do I dress up (e.g., wear skirts, suits, blouses) or dress “normal” and/or comfortably (e.g., jeans, T-shirt, field pants) as most of my colleagues do? While I prefer comfortable, I often to wear a skirt just to remind myself I am a woman, not to purposely be different, but to embrace the woman in me. The humor of this internal battle was rarely more clear to me than the outfit I wore Friday on my final day at GNS, before my journey to Auckland.
The picture below encompasses most aspects of my personality, which was taken right before I start my 2-day journey from Lower Hutt to Auckland Port for a science cruise
- Hippie-(ish) skirt
- Field shirt with holes for the thumbs (my favorite)
- Compression socks (a must when you travel a lot)
- Rainbow flip flops (comfort is a necessity)
- Light makeup
- Pandora bracelet with charms from my journey (not shown)