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Science: The final frontier for feminism
15 August 2016

One of the controversial themes I explore in my new book, Inferior, is feminism's relationship to science. For many decades, feminist theory has been critical of scientific methods and practice, and for good reason. Modern science was male-dominated from its very inception, and many theories about women as a result have been deeply sexist. One field that has done particularly badly on this front is evolutionary biology. Last week, The Guardian published an editorial claiming that what evolutionary biology tells us is irrelevant to human values and feminist theory. Today, I have a leader in the paper arguing the opposite: that evolutionary biology in fact now offers women what it should always have offered - a fresh and empowering way to think about themselves and their history.

(The picture on the left is of an orca, taken by Minette Layne from Seattle, Washington, USA. Orcas are one of very few species that experience the menopause, like humans)

My new book is nearing completion
1 August 2016

The last year or two have been an empowering journey for me into what science tells us about women. It's been depressing at times to learn about the extent of historic sexism in the sciences, but it's also been uplifting to see what passionate researchers have done to redress the balance. The process has utterly changed my life and the way I see the world. I'm glad to say that my new book is nearly finished. It will be published by Fourth Estate (Harper Collins) next year across the UK and Commonwealth... I'll keep you posted about exactly when.

AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards
1 August 2016

I'm delighted that I and my very talented producer at BBC Radio 4, Rami Tzabar, have won the gold prize in the radio category for a documentary we made last summer about birdsong and human language. The awards were held in Washington DC in February 2016. They've posted a video of me and Rami being interviewed about our thoughts on science journalism, and another interview with me about the story itself.

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