Japan Has a Cute Problem

How the pink apron keeps women down.

Sophie Knight
Dec 11, 2014 · 3 min read

By Sophie Knight

When Japanese scientist Haruko Obokata published a groundbreaking research paper on stem cells earlier this year, the media were thrilled — but not because of her work. They were more interested in the traditional Japanese housewife’s apron that she wore, instead of the lab coat you might have expected.