The Institute for Science, Society and Policy had the pleasure to host Dr. Pnina Geraldine Abir-Am, Resident Scholar, WSRC, Brandeis University, USA on the University of Ottawa campus, for her presentation on Women Scientists of the 1970s:An Ego-Histoire of a Lost Generation.
Dr. Abir-Am' presentation was about the complex transition and resistance to gender equality in the 1970s by contrasting the survival strategies of Nobelist and drop-out women scientists, who were colleagues at the time in the Department of Molecular Biology at UC-Berkeley. An appeal to an"ego-histoire" further highlights the subtle and ongoing transition from overt to covert gender discrimination at the time and since. The talk concludes with lessons from this case-study for the world-wide debate on the under-representation of women in science, which raged throughout 2005. (the debate stirred by then Harvard President, L. Summers).
Ruby Heap, ISSP Core Member and Advisory Committee member, and Professor of history at the University of Ottawa
Dr. Pnina Geraldine Abir-Am, Resident Scholar, WSRC, Brandeis University, USA