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HON 3260: Women in Science: Sex


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Science and Gender: Evelyn Fox Keller
When in the 1950s Evelyn Fox Keller ventured forth to become a scientist, she discovered it was a man’s world. Training as a theoretical physicist and working in both mathematical biology and the history of science, she wondered why most scientists were men and why the language of science reflected masculine metaphors and values. Keller has grappled with the meaning and consequences of these stereotypes ever since. In this program with Bill Moyers, Keller discusses how gender plays a significant role in the language that scientists use to describe their work. (30 minutes)


Technology: A Male-Dominated Field
There are few minorities in the world of computer technology and even fewer women. Girls that have always excelled in math and science tend to fall back from those fields in teen years. (4:30)


Fighting Gender Stereotypes
In computer labs children will often fall into gender-specific roles that are not prescribed by the teacher, and without teacher intervention they will perpetuate stereotypical male dominance. (03:50)


Gender Bias in the Classroom
Computer science teachers study the problem of gender bias in the classroom and discover the subtle ways in which boys are encouraged more than girls, and girls are often ignored. (03:05)


A short, but telling, documentary about science and gender equality.