For hundreds of years it was common sense: women were seen as the inferior sex. Their bodies were weaker, their minds feebler, their role subservient. No less a scientist than Charles Darwin asserted that women were at a lower stage of evolution. Whether looking at intelligence or emotion, cognition or behaviour, science has continued to tell us that men and women are fundamentally different.
Science writer Angela Saini took a journey to uncover science’s failure to understand women, finding that we’re still living with the legacy of an establishment that’s just beginning to recover from centuries of entrenched exclusion and prejudice.
Angela Saini is an award-winning science journalist and broadcaster. She regularly presents science programmes for the BBC, and her writing has appeared in New Scientist, the Guardian, The Times, and Wired.
Her latest book, Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong, was published in 2017 to widespread critical acclaim, and was named the Physics World Book of the Year. In 2018, a group of scientists launched a crowdfunding campaign to get a copy into every UK state school.
Angela has a masters in engineering from the University of Oxford and was a Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
This lecture is part of celebrating International Women's Day.