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Nancy Hopkins on Improving Gender Equality in Academia

MIT Professor Emerita Nancy Hopkins

"Refusal to acknowledge unconscious gender bias today is akin to denying the world is round," Hopkins says.

Over the course of her career, MIT's Amgen Professor of Biology Emerita Nancy Hopkins has overturned assumptions and defied expectations at the lab bench and beyond.

Her experiences in male-dominated fields and institutions led her to catalyze an investigation that evolved into the groundbreaking 1999 public report, "A Study on the Status of Women Faculty in Science at MIT." These findings spurred nine universities, including MIT, to establish an ongoing effort to improve gender equity. A recent documentary, "Picture a Scientist," chronicles this watershed report and spotlights researchers like Hopkins who champion underrepresented voices.

In an interview, Hopkins discusses what has changed for women in academia in the last two decades — and what hasn't.

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