Emily Graslie is a science communicator and the Chief Curiosity Correspondent at The Field Museum. In her YouTube channel, The Brain Scoop, Emily explores everything fascinating at the museum and even dissects things! Her episodes are interesting, fun, and educational. She was recently asked about Women in STEM and made a video responding to abusive comments that she's received, including comments about her body and appearance. Comments like these discourage women from being in situations in which they can be scrutinized, especially in a male-dominated field. We want people to focus on our content and not looks. However, it is ingrained in our society that women are supposed to be attractive.
Although women's rights have made major strides in the last century, sexism still exists, and men feel like they have nothing to contribute to this conversation. But as Emily says, "it starts with an acknowledgement from both men and women that these are serious issues that need to be discussed." Women in STEM are are a minority and technical women in the public setting are an even greater minority. How can we start the discussion of encouraging more women to study science and also educate the public?