Yeah, when I was seventeen I was told, by my biology teacher, that if I wanted to be taken seriously, I should have a breast reduction operation.
Also you shouldn’t care about your personal appearance you shouldn't waste time on a social life you shouldn’t wear nice clothes you shouldn’t …
Essentially the whole range of activities that normal young adults engage in are considered “beneath a REAL scientist” especially anything feminine. And no that’s not just anecdata but folks have taken time to do the research and collect statistically significant data – again read Nicola’s book.
HR is a wasteland
HR is there not to keep the peasants from revolting, but to keep revolts from damaging anything important (the company and board first, senior executives second). Once you understand that many "problems" with HR can be seen as necessary to its functioning. You may also find the list of naughty words above useful.
There are studies which indicate that both men and women perceive the same woman with larger breasts to be both friendlier, and stupider.
I recall reading one of the studies on academic slavery in the US where women teachers got the most astonishing remarks in their student evaluations, with one of the patterns being that more attractive = dumber... but also more likeable. I wonder if breast size is a useful proxy/indication?
The MythBUSTers episode on tipping springs to mind, they padded Kari up to various degrees and watched what tips she got serving coffee. In shocking news, more padding meant bigger tips than anything else she could do. From men and women.
It would be really entertaining to find someone in the micro-education sector (where course are day-to-week long) and see if the same effect applies.