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8 March 2021
7.00pm – 8.00pm AEDT
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What misconceptions do we still have about women's minds and bodies? 

For hundreds of years, Western science took women's intellectual and physical inferiority as a given. But as we move beyond these pseudoscientific ideas, what mistakes are scientists and doctors still making when they think about sex and gender? Are we sometimes even at risk of  creating new myths? British science journalist and author, Angela Saini, joins  leading cancer researcher and founder of the STEMMinist Book club, Caroline Ford for a conversation about bias in science, medicine and the public understanding of gender, and how to build a more accurate picture of human difference.



The Centre for Ideas’ new series of international conversations brings the world to Sydney. Each digital event brings a leading UNSW thinker together with their international peer or hero to explore inspiration, new ideas and discoveries.







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Caroline Ford

Caroline Ford

Caroline Ford is passionate about science communication and enhancing the health literacy of the wider community. In 2017 she was named as an inaugural ‘Superstar of STEM’ by Science & Technology Australia. She is a cancer researcher at within UNSW Sydney’s School of Women's and Children's Health at the Lowy Cancer Research Centre. She leads the Gynaecological Cancer Research Group which aims to understand why gynaecological cancers develop, how and why they spread throughout the body, and how best to treat them.

Angela Saini

Angela Saini

Angela Saini presents science programmes on the BBC, and her writing has appeared in New Scientist, The Sunday Times, National Geographic and Wired. Her 2019 book, Superior: The Return of Race Science, was named a book of the year by The Telegraph, Nature and Financial Times. Her previous book, Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong, has been translated into 13 languages. Angela studied Engineering at the University of Oxford and was a Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.