Women in STEM Reading Discussion Guide

Book Club Kit Selection

Stack of books: "Lab Girl" by Hope Jahren

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren (2016)

Geobiologist Hope Jahren has built three laboratories in which she's studied trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. She tells about her childhood in rural Minnesota with an uncompromising mother and a father who encouraged hours of play in his classroom's labs; about how she found a sanctuary in science, and the disappointments, triumphs and exhilarating discoveries of scientific work. Yet at the core of this book is the story of a relationship Jahren forged with Bill, who becomes her lab partner and best friend. Their sometimes rogue adventures in science take them over the Atlantic to the ever-light skies of the North Pole and to tropical Hawaii.

One-Hour Book Club

5 minute read Women Scientists at Famed Oceanography Institute Have Half the Lab Space of Men by Meredith Wadman (2023)
8 minute read If You Want More Women in your Workforce, Here’s How to Recruit by Emma Pierson, Elissa M. Redmiles, Leilani Battle and Jessica Hullman (2020)
20 minute read Climate for Women in Climate Science: Women Scientists and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change by Miriam Gay-Antaki and Diana Liverman (2018)
18 minute video Retaining Women in STEM by Nicole Cabana (2022)


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