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The Feminist Test We Keep Failing: Lost Women of Science Podcast, Season 3 Bonus Episode – Scientific American

There’s a test that we at Lost Women of Science seem to fail again and again: the Finkbeiner Test. 

By Katie Hafner, Carol Sutton Lewis, The Lost Women of Science Initiative on November 17, 2022

Credit: Traci Mims

There’s a test that we at Lost Women of Science seem to fail again and again: the Finkbeiner Test. Named for the science writer, Ann Finkbeiner, the Finkbeiner Test is a checklist for writing profiles of female scientists without being sexist.

It includes rules like not mentioning her husband’s job, or her childcare arrangements, or how she was the “first woman to…”—all rules we break regularly on this show. In this episode, Katie Hafner talks to Christie Aschwanden, the science writer who created the test, and Ann Finkbeiner, who inspired it, to find out how they came up with these rules, and to see if there might be hope yet for our series. She reports her findings to Carol Sutton Lewis, who has a whole other set of rules for telling these stories.

Source: The Feminist Test We Keep Failing: Lost Women of Science Podcast, Season 3 Bonus Episode – Scientific American