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What you will—and won't—find in this podcast.
Episodes educate listeners about lesser known women in STEM history and their scientific contributions. While doing so, hosts go into detail about various scientific theories and concepts to help break down complex issues such as invasive fungi and biomedical research. The podcast website also includes countless resources and additional readings for listeners to learn more about the scientific discoveries and the women that were apart of them. Teaching style is more accessible to middle and high schoolers.
Celebrates women in STEM and other male-dominated fields, encouraging women to engage in STEM fields and follow their passions. Episodes not only discuss the discoveries and research of various women, but praise these women for their educational journeys and pursuit of important questions about the world. Episodes encourage listeners to take up STEM fields and remain curious about the world around them.
Positive Role Models
The women discussed serve as excellent role models especially for those interested in STEM fields. Episodes discuss women throughout history who were passionate about their work and always asked questions. Women such as Yvonne Y. Clark and Klára Dán von Neumann stand out for being the first women in engineering and coding, providing inspiring stories for listeners. The hosts are also positive role models as they encourage positive perspectives of science and women in STEM. Many of these women demonstrate perseverance as they had to overcome obstacles and break glass ceilings in male-dominated fields.
Focus is on celebrating the diverse women in STEM history that most people don't know about, specifically celebrating the identity and characteristics of these women and why their contributions were so important. Hosts make a point to point out the unique, diverse backgrounds among the women who have contributed to scientific discoveries in order to challenge versions of history that erase non-white, non-male contributions. Season three focuses on Yvonne Y. Clark, a groundbreaking Black woman mechanical engineer who came up in her career during the civil rights movement.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Minimal references to romance, only when relevant to a particular story.
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Some use of negative language when discussing the frustration of women being erased in history. For example, sometimes the hosts explain they are "pissed" when a woman is discredited or ignored for her contributions.
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Products & Purchases
Advertisements usually in the beginning of each episode, usually targeted more towards adults.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Minimal references, only when relevant to a particular story, but not graphic. Some episodes discuss the woman who discovered a treatment for heroin.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents Need to Know that Lost Women of Science is a podcast that tells the stories of lesser known women in the history of STEM. The tone of the episodes cater more toward older tweens, teens and adults, as some concepts are difficult to comprehend and there's some use of mature language. Curiosity and perseverance are central themes throughout the podcast. The women featured in each season are sure to serve as inspiration and motivation for girls and young women interested in STEM fields and the deep dive into the stories of their journey prove that women have been pushing for quite some time to break barriers and stereotypes in science. This is a great show for teens, classrooms and to spark conversations between older kids and their parents.
Is It Any Good?
Entertaining and educational, this podcast gives an insightful look in the impactful women in STEM history. Lost Women of Science blends interesting commentary with STEM concepts, ideas, and discoveries in a way that's interesting for older kids and adults. The show's focus on diversity and inclusion is evident in every episode as it makes a point to highlight diverse women and their contributions to a male dominated field. Great for anyone who wants to learn more about science while also celebrating women's history.
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