women in stem

Sexism and Science Communication LIVE

2015 was the year we started caring about sexism in science, WIRED magazine recently declared. In this live Stuff Mom Never Told You conversation at SxSW Interactive, Cristen and Caroline speak with astronomer and science communicator Nicole Cabrera about how harassment and discrimination affect scientific discovery, STEM online activism and why all of us have a vested interest in resolving these issues.

NASA's Hidden Computer Women

When NASA was formed in 1958, its prized pool of all-female "computers" desegregated. Until then, mathematicians of color -- including Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Katherine Johnson -- worked, ate and used the restroom in a separate facilities. Cristen and Caroline shed overdue light on Johnson and her brilliant West Computer teammates who helped launch America into space.

9 Women Who Changed Anthropology

You'd think the study of humans - all humans, past and present - would be a little more equitable when it comes to gender. After all, women are half the humans. But don't let common sense cloud your vision! Since the dawn of anthropology as an official social-science discipline, its members have skewed male and white. Its "informants," or the subjects being interviewed by the foreign "experts," have also tended to skew male. Why interview a bunch of women about what they do all day when you could just take the men's word for it?

Feminist Anthropology

Anthropology, or the study of past and present humans, was a discipline largely developed by and focused on men. Cristen and Caroline examine how pioneering women anthropologists and the rise of feminist anthropology changed mainstream ideas about gender, sex and women's roles.

Stargazers, Part 2

Today's lady astronomers are following a trail that was blazed by brilliant women centuries ago, but it hasn't always been easy-going. Cristen and Caroline examine the state of this fascinating STEM field and the women who are helping to map the sky.

Stargazers, Part 1

Women have been making critical contributions to the field of astronomy since ancient times, but once it became professionalized in the modern era, many women were shoved aside. Cristen and Caroline look at astronomy's evolution and share the contributions of some of the stargazing pioneers.

Nerd Crushing and Gender

How the "CSI Effect" Could Solve the Case of Missing Women in STEM

Forensics is a rare area of science that needs no help recruiting more women into its ranks. Although some people seem surprised that young women would be attracted to such a potentially grisly profession that involves analyzing blood 'n' guts via forensic toxicology, forensic chemistry, crime scene analysis and so forth, they now comprise an overwhelming majority of those in classrooms and crime labs. And the reasons behind the exponential growth of women in forensics both exemplifies how to attract more girls and women to STEM careers and reflects the challenges of retaining female science talent to top-tier academic programs, labs and leadership positions...