This week is for the ladies: we’ll be talking about women’s roles in two pretty different fields—science and religion—and how women have worked their way in from the fringes of both. Angela Saini unravels the pervasive idea that science is free from bias, and talks about how prejudice against women comes out in studies as well as in the academy; Adrian Shirk spotlights the American women who have shaped modern religion, both inside and outside the lines.
Go beyond the episode:
- Angela Saini’s Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong—and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story
- “Women Are Dying Because Doctors Treat Us Like Men” by Kayla Webley Adler in Marie Claire
- Read an excerpt from Cathy O’Neil’s Weapons of Math Destruction about the biases built into Big Data
- Adrian Shirk’s And Your Daughters Shall Prophecy: Stories from the Byways of American Women and Religion
- Watch the trailer for American Mystic, Alex Mar’s documentary featuring a modern-day Spiritualist medium
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