The Presence (and Absence) of Women in Science

Saturday Speaker
Saturday, March 14, 2020
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Science History Institute
315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
United States


Why has science historically been so dominated by men, and why is this still true in many STEM fields today?

Jeannette Clarke - Blood analysis with Perkin-Elmer Atomic Absorption Spectrophotomer

Jeannette Clarke performs blood analysis with Perkin-Elmer Atomic Absorption Spectrophotomer

Jeanette Clarke, employee at New York City’s Fordham Hospital, using a Perkin-Elmer Model 403 Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer to measure the lead content in a sample of blood.

The answers have ranged from the biological to the cultural. In this program we’ll examine the historical roots of the issue, along with some of what has worked—and what hasn’t—to make science more accessible for all.

About the Speaker

Joanna Behrman is a PhD candidate at Johns Hopkins University and a graduate research fellow at the American Institute of Physics. Her research focuses on physics, gender, and the history of science education in the United States, and her current work illuminates the untold histories of American women in physics before World War II. Her work has appeared in various journals, including History of Education and Physics Today.

About the Series

Dive into fascinating stories of science with our Saturday Speaker Series!

Once a month, from September to May, a speaker will offer a short talk on an intriguing scientific topic, followed by a Q&A or discussion over complimentary tea and coffee. Afterward, feel free to mingle with other guests and the speaker, or spend time visiting our free museum.

Admission is free, and no reservations are necessary.

Please Note

In response to concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Science History Institute is adjusting activities to limit interpersonal contact (for example, using larger rooms and more distance between chairs) and increasing the frequency of cleaning common areas and wiping down frequently touched surfaces. We will continue to monitor the situation in Philadelphia and will make further adjustments as needed.