From the deepest oceans to the distant stars, excitable atoms to spectacular superclusters, it’s safe to say that the fields of STEM (Science, technology, Engineering and Maths) are diverse.
But do the people and practices within these fields reflect that diversity? And why is it important?
This mini-series shines a spotlight on diversity in STEM, illuminating the past and present, the good, the bad and in some cases, the ugly.
Palace of Science presents Diversity in STEM: Forgotten Women in Science
Clarissa Barratt, Postgraduate Researcher in Theoretical physics at Newcastle University.
7:30pm, Wednesday 8th July
“It’s no great secret that throughout history women have been ignored, overlooked and treated as the delicate “fairer sex”, to be seen, not heard, and certainly not to have thoughts of their own.
Fortunately, a lot has changed in recent history, and while we still have a long way to go we can now vote, own property, and, importantly for this talk, study the sciences. I am very lucky that in the 21st century, I don’t have to publish under a pseudonym, or get my boyfriend to put his name to my work to be taken seriously, but this was not always the case. We’re going to be taking a look at a few wonderful women in science and their discoveries that, had they been made by men, we would all know them for.”