This might not be as Philly-centric as our usual Buzz posts, but Flying Kite has written extensively
about efforts to engage women in STEM fields, so we thought we'd share this awesome video from Emily Graslie
. Speaking from the Field Museum in Chicago, Graslie addresses the strange internet conversationt that often errupts when women enter the conversation on scientific topics. As she demonstrates, we have a long way to go. From an NPR story on the video:
Many of the folks who write her, write not about the science, but about her body, her looks, her clothes, and do so without any apparent embarrassment. She's a science reporter who happens to be a young woman, and her woman-ness is the thing they focus on. The science, to her chagrin, often takes second place.
Check out the video here