How Science Got Women Wrong with Angela Saini - Book Club special Edition

Women Techmakers Hamburg
Fri, May 15, 2020, 5:00 PM (CEST)

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* REMOTE: The event will be executed via zoom. Please make sure to register via https://forms.gle/qK3efFCcKXhxBf9H8 to get the zoom link in an email notification on the day of the meetup.*

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We have invited Angela Saini for this week's edition of our book club. She is is an award-winning British science journalist and author, trained in science and engineering. She was awarded a 2012 Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at MIT, and is currently a contributor to various media and the host of science outreach programmes on British Radio 4 and the BBC World Service. She was chosen as UK’s most respected journalist.

Together with her we want to discuss the research around her book Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong—and the New Research That's Rewriting the Story.

For hundreds of years it was common sense: women were the inferior sex. Their bodies were weaker, their minds feebler, their role subservient. No less a scientist than Charles Darwin asserted that women were at a lower stage of evolution, and for decades, scientists—most of them male, of course—claimed to find evidence to support this.

Scientists have long been researching the question of how different men and women really are.

Whether looking at intelligence or emotion, cognition or behavior, some science told us that men and women are fundamentally different. Some biologists claimed that women are better suited to raising families or are, more gently, uniquely empathetic. Men, on the other hand, continue to be described as excelling at tasks that require logic, spatial reasoning, and motor skills. Some people believe this is the logic explanation why there are so few women in engineering.

In her book inferior science writer Angela Saini examines the research, uncovers biases in study design and reveals an alternative version on common gender believes.

Join us on Friday, at 5:00 pm for an one hour discussion with Angela Saini herself.

Agenda:

5:00 pm Virtual drinks and mingling (please bring your own drinks!)

5:10 pm Angela Saini on her Research and Book Inferior

5:30 pm Discussion

5:50 pm Fifth book club meeting and what´s next at moinworld e.V.

6:00 pm End of the session!