For every Rosalind Franklin, there are countless other male scientists who have taken the limelight, but even in this modern era where gender equality is at the forefront of our minds, women are still underrepresented in labs across many scientific disciplines.
But what does science tell us about the minds and bodies of women? And is there any biological justification for the division of labour that’s historically been present between the sexes?
In this week’s podcast, Angela Saini, author of the book Inferior: How science got women wrong (£9.99, Fourth Estate), discusses the biases in gender science that we need to be aware of, as well as the other form of inequality creeping back into mainstream science – race.
She speaks to BBC Focus Magazine editorial assistant Helen Glenny.
Listen to more Science Focus Podcast episodes:
- Sin: Why we do the things we shouldn’t
- Everything that’s wrong with the human body
- To become Prime Minister, change your voice
- The neuroscience of happiness
- Adventures in brain enhancement
- What it’s really like to die