I may have a slightly casual view on the changing role of women in ocean sciences. When I went to work at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 1979, my first two supervisors were women. And when I retired from NSF 27 years later, I answered to a female director of the Division of Ocean Sciences. Along the way, I worked with many very dedicated, talented, and intelligent women who were making a positive contribution to our knowledge of the ocean. For several years, the Director of NSF and the Assistant Director for Geosciences, both women, were ocean scientists. So, I seldom, if ever, thought it strange, different, or extraordinary that the scientist with whom I was working happened to be a woman.