Watch the movie “Picture a Scientist” for free

PICTURE A SCIENTIST is a 93 min documentary film chronicling the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. A biologist, a chemist and a geologist, lead viewers on a journey deep into their own experiences in the sciences, overcoming brutal harassment, institutional discrimination, and years of subtle slights to revolutionize the culture of science. From cramped laboratories to spectacular field stations, we also encounter scientific luminaries who provide new perspectives on how to make science itself more diverse, equitable, and open to all. Featuring geologist Jane Willenbring, chemist Raychelle Burks, and biologist Nancy Hopkins, as well as key social scientists working to understand and reduce gender bias in the sciences, Picture a Scientist brings diversity in science into sharp view at a critical time. 

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Viewers will have access to the film for 72 hours, between 12am GST on November 14th and 12am GST on November 16th.

Scheduled to premiere at the postponed 2020 Tribeca Film Festival, Picture a Scientist paints a nuanced, emotional but unflinching portrait of the struggles women in science have faced, in recent decades up to today. The film challenges audiences of all backgrounds and genders, to question their own implicit biases and move toward change. “By the end of the movie, we are all forced to confront our own inner prejudices and to accept that the only way forward towards equality is through transparency and data” ~Hammer to Nail

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Access to this full-length feature film was made possible by Karina Mondragon-Shem and Lee Haines, who were awarded funding by the LSTM Athena Swan Committee to host a virtual screening for all LSTM staff, students, and friends. We hope that this event will contribute to current discussions around inequality and underrepresentation in the academic environment.

Content warning: Some scenes from the movie feature first-hand stories of explicit and brutal harassment, implicit gender and racial bias, and entrenched institutional discrimination.