STEM Women Host Science Chat

Very excited about this! As part of STEM Women, Buddhini Samarasinghe and me are hosting the upcoming #ScienceChat on Twitter on 9th April, 2pm PDT USA/ Thursday 10th, 7am Aussie time. Dr Buddhini Samarasinghe and I will be tweeting from our account @STEMWomen and our amazing colleague Professor Rajini Rao will be one of our distinguished guests. Join us if you’re on the tweets!

We’ll talk about how we can address intersections of discrimination in STEM, including gender, race, LGBTQI issues, as well as other forms of exclusion. We’ll also focus on the creative ways to improve science outreach to disadvantaged and marginalised groups. Join our discussion on Twitter using #ScienceChat. Our talented guests are all STEM outreach & diversity advocates:

  • @LaMinda Mindy Weisberger 
  • @Julia_SCI Julia Wilde 
  • @JessieNYC Jessie Daniels 
  • @drisis Isis the Scientist
  • @Dharlette Hannah Grimm 
  • @LlewellynCox Llewellyn Cox 
  • @kaythaney Kaitlin Thaney 
  • @kejames Karen James 
  • @NellieNeutron Ellen Byrne 
  • @madamscientist Rajini Rao 

Below is a summary of some of the responses we could keep track of – we ended being a trending topic on Twitter, with hundreds of tweets coming at us, making it hard to capture our guest responses later on.

Summary responses

On the 9th of April on Twitter, @STEMWomen led an online discussion for #ScienceChat on how we can improve women’s participation in STEM. We talked about how we can address intersections of discrimination, including gender & race sexuality, as well as other forms of exclusion like technology access.

We also focused on the creative ways to improve science outreach to disadvantaged and marginalised groups. The discussion appeared on Twitter on the #ScienceChat hashtag. Our talented guests are all STEM outreach & diversity advocates. Thanks to Javier Noris for the invitation to host this exciting event!

Q1: Diverse storytelling

We kicked off with Mindy Weisberger, writer/producer for Science Bulletins at the American Museum of Natural History. Mindy discussed how science narratives should be diversified to accommodate new voices. As other people pointed out, science is dominated by a White male perspective and this can leave Other STEM professionals feeling marginalised. The key is to be aware of this power dynamic and actively work towards inclusion.


Q2: Inclusion of women of colour

Jessie Daniels is a Professor of Sociology at the City University of New York. She has been running a thought-provoking series of articles for Racism Review which challenges the dominance of White feminism. During our conversation, Jessie raised the ways in which science and medicine have traditionally marginalised minority women and why we can’t assume an universal experience of femininity when combating gender inequality. Class, race and other markers of difference matter in STEM.

Q3: Gender bias in STEM

Science educator Julia Wilde started a much-needed discussion in late 2013 when she published a video on gender bias in STEM. We wondered how the public reactions had been, eight months down the track.

Q4: Science outreach for minorities

Moving from how social media can help women scientists feel less alone, we asked Jessie to comment on how we might extend outreach to minorities.

Q5: Museums

Q6: Mentors

Q7: Biases

Q8: Education

Q9: Technology

Q10 Feminism

Q11 Inclusion

Q12 Intersectionality

Q13 View of scientists

Q14 Challenges

Q15 Trends

Q16 Professional societies

Q17 Social media

Q18 Online science education

Q19 Ripples of doubt

Q20 Leadership

Q21 Running a lab

Thanks to Javier Noris for the invitation to participate in this exciting event!

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