The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science is Still a Boys’ Club

November 2, 2015

The WFF partnered with Women in Science at Yale (WISAY) to welcome author Eileen Pollack to Yale to deliver a lecture on the challenges facing women in the sciences. Author of The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science is Still a Boys’ Club, Eileen Pollack holds an undergraduate degree in Physics from Yale University and is the director of the Masters of Fine Arts Program at the University of Michigan. Nearly two hundred undergraduates, graduate students, post-docs, and professors from the STEM fields gathered to learn about both Pollack’s personal experiences as a woman in science and her subsequent book research conducted largely at Yale. Social and cultural forces, combined with often hostile and cutthroat educational climates, Pollack argues, often alienates women from careers in the sciences even when they hold exceptional talent. To counter the forces of marginalization, Pollack suggested tactics for creating more humane work and learning environments, for eliminating gender bias at all levels of society, and for offering support and mentoring to women in the STEM fields. The WFF applauds Eileen Pollack’s powerful research, and is proud to be part of the process of creating gender equity in all aspects of the academy.