In Pursuit: An Atlantic Summit on
Women and Science

November 8, 2017
Washington, DC

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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  • Balanda Atis*
    Balanda Atis* Manager Women of Color Lab & US Face Lab, L’Oréal USA
  • Jocelyn Duff
    Jocelyn Duff Executive Director CureCMT4J
  • Maria Freire
    Maria Freire President and Executive Director Foundation for the National Institutes of Health
  • Olga Khazan
    Olga Khazan Staff Writer The Atlantic
  • Maria Klawe
    Maria Klawe President Harvey Mudd College
  • Julia Landauer
    Julia Landauer NASCAR Driver and women in STEM advocate
  • Liza Mundy
    Liza Mundy Author Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II
  • Pardis Sabeti
    Pardis Sabeti Computational Geneticist Harvard University, Broad Institute, & HHMI
  • Emmanuel Schanzer
    Emmanuel Schanzer Founder and Co-Director Bootstrap
  • Margot Lee Shetterly
    Margot Lee Shetterly Author Hidden Figures
  • Sabrina Stierwalt*
    Sabrina Stierwalt* Extragalactic Astrophysicist, California Institute of Technology, University of Virginia
  • Cynthia Winston-Proctor
    Cynthia Winston-Proctor Professor, Howard University Department of Psychology; President, Society of STEM Women of Color
  • Gillian White
    Gillian White Senior Associate Editor The Atlantic


  • 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
  • 9:50 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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