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Women and Science

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Streamed live on Apr 26, 2014

An ancient Egyptian hieroglyph at Saqqara declared Merit-Ptah as "the Chief Physician." 4700 years after her achievement, we ask: How are women in science faring?

It is a well-documented phenomenon that for all STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects, the gender gap widens in the progression from undergraduate study, through graduate and post-doctoral work, up through academic appointment. Do different scientific abilities or perspectives exist between genders? If so, to what degree are these the influence of nature versus nurture, the influences of biology, culture, and politics? How much sexism remains in the scientific profession? How much of it is borne by men? By women?

What challenges have those women who have achieved success in the sciences faced? What work remains to further women's progress in achieving equal opportunity with men in science, engineering, etc., in the lab, in the field, in the classroom, and in the boardroom?

Our roundtable gathers women of high achievement who have thought hard—and fought hard—addressing these issues.

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