The inventor of nuclear fission. The inventor of wireless communication. The world’s first computer programmer. The discoverer of artificial radioactivity. In pursuit of knowledge, revolutionary scientists like Lise Meitner, Hedy Lamarr, Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie quite literally transformed the modern world. They also happened to be women.
Despite the tremendous impact of just a handful of women scientists, only 24% of today’s STEM workers are female. How does this substantial gender gap impact the economy, human development and the environment? And what can be done to pave the way for today’s women scientists -- and future women scientists -- to unleash the discoveries of tomorrow?
The Atlantic’s “In Pursuit” brought together leading scientific experts to highlight recent achievements by women in STEM as well as strategies for ensuring that more female innovators flourish in the field.
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- Wednesday, November 08
- 8:45 a.m.WelcomeMargaret Low, President, AtlanticLIVE
- 8:50 a.m.Driven: One Woman’s StoryJulia Landauer, NASCAR Driver; women in STEM advocate
With Olga Khazan, Staff Writer,The Atlantic
- 9:10 a.m.In Pursuit of a BreakthroughJocelyn Duff, Executive Director, CureCMT4J
Maria Freire, President and Executive Director, Foundation for the National Institutes of Health
Pardis Sabeti, Computational Geneticist, Harvard University, Broad Institute and Howard Hughes Medical Institute
With Gillian White, Senior Associate Editor, The Atlantic
- 9:40 a.m.The Foundation of Change: The Power of Women in Science**
Produced by L’Oreal USABalanda Atis, Manager, Multicultural Beauty Lab, L’Oreal USA
With Sabrina Stierwalt, Extragalactic Astrophysicist, California Institute of Technology, University of Virginia
- 9:50 a.m.History, RewrittenLiza Mundy, Author, Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II
Margot Lee Shetterly, Author, Hidden Figures
With Olga Khazan, The Atlantic
- 10:15 a.m.Closing The GapMaria Klawe, President, Harvey Mudd College
Emmanuel Schanzer, Founder and Co-Director, Bootstrap
Cynthia Winston-Proctor, Professor, Department of Psychology, Howard University; President, Society of STEM Women of Color
With Gillian White, The Atlantic
- 10:40 a.m.Closing ThoughtsMargaret Low, AtlanticLIVE
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