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Picture a Scientist

Researchers expose longstanding discrimination against women in science.

Premiered: Runtime: 01:33:06Topic: Body + BrainBody & BrainNova

Women make up less than a quarter of STEM professionals in the United States, and numbers are even lower for women of color. But there is a growing group of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists, exposing longstanding discrimination, and leading the way in making science more inclusive. A biologist, a chemist, and a geologist lead viewers on a journey through their own experiences in the sciences, ranging from outright harassment to years of subtle slights. Along the way, from cramped laboratories to spectacular field stations, scientific visionaries, including social scientists, neuroscientists, and psychologists, provide new perspectives on how to make science itself more diverse, equitable, and open to all. (Premiered April 14, 2021)

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Major funding for this program is provided by the Heising-Simons Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Additional funding is provided by:

Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program with support from Sandbox Films
Satomi Okazaki and Shirish Altekar
Nancy Blachman
The New York State Council on the Arts
The Wonder Collaborative
Chicken & Egg Pictures
The Educational Foundation of America
Erica Brand and Adam Brand
Maria del Mar Hershenson
Kate Korsh
Jennifer Kane

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