Picture a Scientist

Picture a Scientist

Sloan Foundation Film

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  • Ian Cheney
  • Sharon Shattuck


  • 2020, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation's Film Program: Feature Film Grant

Through their personal stories and thoroughly researched data, three scientists discuss the deeply entrenched problems of sexual harassment and gender inequality against women that are no less prevalent in science than they are in pop culture and corporate America.

PICTURE A SCIENTIST chronicles the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. Biologist Nancy Hopkins, chemist Raychelle Burks, and geologist Jane Willenbring lead viewers on a journey deep into their own experiences in the sciences, ranging from brutal harassment to years of subtle slights. Along the way, from cramped laboratories to spectacular field stations, we encounter scientific luminaries - including social scientists, neuroscientists, and psychologists - who provide new perspectives on how to make science itself more diverse, equitable, and open to all.

Possible Topics

  • Gender discrimination in STEM
  • Implicit bias

Past Programs


Fighting sexism in science

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline, MA


[ONLINE] Utah women in STEM

Utah Film Center, Salt Lake City, UT

[ONLINE] Closing the STEM gender gap

Cameo Cinema, St Helena, CA

[ONLINE] Ramifications of the medical gender gap

Arkansas Cinema Society, Little Rock, AR