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Science needs to be more inclusive and women are making it happen

500 Women Scientists, and counting, are changing the face of the field

March for Science in Washington DC.

When scientists marched on Washington DC last year to advocate for their field, there wasn't always room for women from various identities to voice their concerns.

Maryam Zaringhalam has a PhD in molecular biology, and—among other things—-she just wants to be able to make poop jokes on Twitter without people questioning her competency as a scientist. “People don’t always recognize that scientists are human beings,” says Zaringhalam, who is part of a grassroots group called 500 Women Scientists.

The group aims to redefine what a scientist looks like, and who a scientist can be. Through advocacy, mentorship, and public outreach, their goal is to break down the barriers that keep women out of STEM fields.

“When you’re

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