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Your favorite depictions of women in STEM in pop culture

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Your favorite depictions of women in STEM in pop culture

Last month we brought you a conversation with Sara Paretsky, the Chicago author behind the V.I. Warshawski detective novels. Her book Indemnity Only was one of the first commercially successful novels with a female detective, and her later novel Critical Mass, tells the story of a female physicist. That got us thinking about the way women are depicted in pop culture, especially when those women work is science, technology, engineering, and math, the so-called STEM fields. Of course, not all depictions of women in STEM fields are so inspiring. Take the recent controversy over Computer Engineering Barbie, who, unfortunately, needed the help of Steven and Brian to make a video game. We're joined in studio by Emily Graslie, the Chicago Field Museum’s “Chief Curiosity Correspondent,” and Ytasha Womack, author of the book Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy to talk about pop culture depictions of women in science and math. Photo Courtesy of Flickr/ RDECOM

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