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Gertrude Elion discussing the difficulty of her initial job search

"I went on interviews. And one time I even thought I had a job, because they kept me there for two hours, they made me translate German patents on sight, and when they were done, they said, 'Well, we've never had a woman in the laboratory and we think you'd be a distracting influence. And that really broke me. I thought, 'This is over. I can't. I can't do this any more.'

"I had made this goal for myself. I wasn't convinced that it wasn't possible, even though there were a lot of things in the way. I guess I was just stubborn. I was determined to do it, and I guess it was just part of the Admiral Farragut idea of Damn the Torpedoes, full speed ahead."

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1999

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Gertrude Elion discussing the difficulty of her initial job search." (Viewed on October 23, 2014) <http://jwa.org/media/gertrude-elion-discussing-difficulty-of-her-initial-job-search>.

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