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Challenge Bias in NYC Schools

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Raised by 57 people in 1 month
Created September 4, 2018
Angela Saini's Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong and the New Research that's Rewriting the Story has been one of the most influential books of recent times.

Unfortunately, we live in a society of stereotypes that are holding young people back, imposing gendered assumptions on their ambitions. Young women are less likely to take AP physics and only make up only 20% of physics Bachelor's degrees, while 23% of psychology majors are young men. This gap isn't because of ability — boys and girls perform equally well at every stage of their education — or an innate interest in one type of science versus another, but because of a society that tells children that they are good at different things.

Inferior is a powerful, impartial and thoroughly researched look at the causes of these dangerous stereotypes. Throughout history, scientists have looked at the world around them, seen inequality and taken it as a biological fact.  It wasn't until 1967 that women could graduate from Harvard (men could graduate in 1636) and 1946 that they could become Fellows of the Royal Society (men were made Fellows in 1600). How could we begin to compare men and women’s contributions to our understanding of the world? As men have historically outnumbered women in science, they’ve gotten away with justifying irrational biases by co-opting the rational language of science. But we can change that.

Inferior has provided us with evidence to challenge biases that have long reigned in science, adding a new and rigorous dimension to our continued debates about women's capability. Saini has fueled our advocacy and renewed inspiration to highlight and celebrate women's contributions to science. Since the book came out in June 2017, it has united women in science all over the world, inspired friendships, launched book clubs and world tours. Angela Saini is an engineer, science writer and broadcaster.

We want to share Inferior’s power with New York City public schools. We want to inspire a generation of students to understand their potential is not limited by their gender or sex. We are raising money to get a copy of Inferior in every junior and high school library — 517 in total — in NYC. The book retails at $16. We have already campaigned successfully in the the United Kingdom.
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"Inferior has armed us with evidence for a phenomenon we’ve long understood: that the language of science has been wielded to legitimize and reinforce stereotypes that are all too convenient for men in power. It has given so many people we know a voice—and we want to share that voice with young minds the world over."

We've raised nearly enough money to send Inferior to 200 NYC public school libraries! Thank you all for your continued support! Last month, Jess and I wrote about why we're running this campaign for Scientific American: https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/voices/a-new-front-in-fighting-the-bias-against-women-in-science/
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Author of ~The Only Woman in the Room~ Eileen Pollack perfectly sums up why we're running this campaign. I think about how much I could have used this book as I was moving up the ranks in the world of STEM to refute the people who put me down and continue to empower those I want to lift up. We're so eager to get this book on shelves around the country so this generation of young minds has access to the arguments we could've used when we were their age. Thank you for your continued support. We've now raised enough money to get Inferior in every public high school library in Queens. Let's make sure it spreads!
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A deeply felt THANK YOU to everyone who has donated. In 24 hours, we've raised enough money to send Inferior to 45 public school libraries — nearly enough to send to all 77 high school libraries in the borough of Queens.

This campaign launched in the UK, where the support of crowdfunders has put Inferior in every public school library in the country. We've chosen to start in NYC because, as Frank Sinatra sang, if we can make it here, we can make it anywhere. Organizers in Atlanta, Baltimore, and Boston have expressed interest in launching similar campaigns in their cities, so your contributions have already paid off. Let's keep spreading the word — and spreading sound science!
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Raised by 57 people in 1 month
Created September 4, 2018
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