Cinematheque Shares Film About Challenges Faced by Women Scientists

Fri 6/12-Fri 6/26

Science is a field that has been notoriously unfriendly to women., despite many efforts to attract them to the field. That’s the topic of a recent documentary Picture a Scientist, which opens at the CIA Cinematheque’s Virtual Screening Room this week.

“Today, women make up less than one quarter of all those employed in STEM occupations in the United States,” the filmmakers tell us. “These numbers are much worse for women of color: Asian, black women and Latinas made up slightly less than 10% of working scientists and engineers in the United States in 2015. Science is supposed to be built on objectivity, and yet, most researchers agree that these bleak numbers are evidence of deep bias.”

The film follows three women — a biologist, a geologist and a chemist — working to open doors for other women in their respective fields.

“The film will take a novel, collaborative approach to its storytelling, allowing the scientists themselves to guide the narrative of the film,” filmmakers Ian Cheney and Sharon Shattuck explain. “Science is therefore both the subject of the film, and also — through our three main characters — its guiding sensibility, providing viewers a deeper understanding of what it takes to be a scientist.”

Picture a Scientist will be available for viewing as a Cinematheque screening exclusive through Friday June 26 to be watched online. Screening fee is $10; you have 48 hours to watch the film.


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