Stats from Angela Saini’s Inferior

We’re kicking off Spring Semester 2019 right – with a new book club and a new outlook on how science impacts society’s view on women. Our inaugural book is Angela Saini’s Inferior, where she tackles years of data, biases, and up-and-coming research that is taking what it means to be female in a whole different direction.


Inferior - How science got women wrong

BY: Mikaela Dunkin

I have spent most of my adult life studying the hard sciences. My background at Central College, a liberal arts university in Iowa, means that I’ve taken college level psychology and other courses designed to make me a well-rounded individual. However, my focus has always been on hard facts – scientifically tested, nature approved. I appreciate all of the sciences but they never held my interest like physics and chemistry do because there always seems to be another answer. The boundaries aren’t clearly defined and the back and forth over what is real seems to go on forever and ever and ever.

However, reading Inferior showed me just how important this battle of inches can be. One scientific study can have a huge impact on society and how we see ourselves and others. This creates a never ending loop of bias affecting science and science reaffirming the bias, further cementing the idea that women are less – evolved, intelligent, capable – than men. Now that women have fought their way into the sciences, this notion is changing with new research showing that what we thought we knew, isn’t quite so true or simple. A lot of big questions still exist, but with new angles, some answers are bound to come up.

While the fundamental questions don’t have big, shiny, this is 100% true answers to go with them, they do have a lot of data. To commemorate reading Inferior, I decided to make an infographic of the statistics used to understand just what womanhood means.

What truths do you see behind these statistics? Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Author: sbugwise

We are the Graduate Women in Science and Engineering group at Stony Brook University and we are dedicated to supporting women in STEM fields.

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