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The Women in Microwaves (WIM) column in this May edition of IEEE Microwave Magazine features candid thoughts from members of the IMS2022 WIM event committee, comprising Prof. Zoya Popovic ́ of the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU) and her graduate students, both male and female. For this interview, I wanted to understand not only what motivated these women to write their article, but also why Prof. Popovic ́ chose an all-student committee, why the women students on the committee have chosen a career in the male-dominated field of microwaves, and what kinds of gender issues they have encountered as students at CU.

Prof. Zoya Popovic ́, her daughter Nina Popovic ́ Basta, and student Laila Marzall recently wrote an article for this magazine promoting the WIM reception at IMS2022, but also reflecting on the history behind gender imbalance in the industry in a humorous, lighthearted way. Included in the article are some amusing (or not so amusing, depending on your point of view) quotes from a 1952 document titled “How to Handle Women,” which reveals that apparently women were difficult to work with back then. The authors then solicited some anonymous quotes from well-established male colleagues on how they feel about working with women in 2022.

You can find the committee’s candid answers to my interview (here) and the article “Men and Women Together Make RF/Microwaves Better) by Prof. Popovic ́, Nina Popovic ́ Basta, and Laila Marzall (here). Take the time to read both, you’ll be glad you did.

-Sherry Hess
WIM Chair 2022