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Q&A: Female paleontologists protest gender stereotypes—with beards


Paleontologist Catherine Badgley. Image credit: Kelsey Vance (@source)

“A beard is an instant sign of masculinity—and perhaps also a throwback to a time long past, when whiskers were the norm among adventurous paleontologists (almost all of whom were male). In a new documentary, filmmaker Lexi Marsh ponders how beards can act as a “membership card” into the scientific club, allowing men to bypass the many issues female paleontologists face daily, from fighting for recognition to feeling responsible for “representing” their gender. The Bearded Lady Project: Challenging the Face of Science shows how leading women paleontologists, including collaborator and the film’s main subject, Ellen Currano, dealt with gender bias—intentional and unintentional—to achieve professional success. The film, which premieres tonight at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, will be accompanied by a touring photo exhibit showing sepia-toned shots of some 40 female scientists donning beards, by photographer Kelsey Vance. Science spoke to Marsh this week about her new film; the following interview has been edited for clarity and brevity.” (…) READ MORE

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