Ladies Can’t Climb Ladders is a wonderful celebration of female pioneers, though, and makes you astoundingly grateful to be a beneficiary of battles fought and won. The question the book also raises, though, is whether this war is entirely over. We still make gendered assumptions about the professions.
By way of illustration, Robinson quotes a well-known riddle. A father and his son are in a car accident. The father dies at the scene and the son is taken to the hospital. There the surgeon looks at the boy and says: “I can’t operate, he is my son.”