Huxley speaker talks climate change, women in science
It’s been almost a year since the presidential election, and in the wake of President Trump’s controversial administration, Western’s latest guest speaker talked about why the science community needs change.
Dr. Sarah Myhre, a research associate at the University of Washington, came to campus on Wednesday, Nov. 2, to talk about the role of women in the science world and the purpose of the organization 500 Women Scientists.
Myhre said that she and many other women scientists in the nation were critical of President Trump’s stance on climate change and women.
A group of women scientists wrote an open letter in response to the President stating their commitment to speak up for science, women, and minorities— forming the group 500 Women Scientists in the process, Myhre said. The organization has banded together to speak out against anti-intellectualism, inequality, sexism and discrimination.
The name comes from the organization’s initial hope to reach 500 signatures from others interested in the cause, a goal they surpassed within hours of posting.
Myhre talked about the importance of climate change, and how it’s an issue that can’t afford to be denied at the federal level.
Skye French, a senior at Western, was particularly interested in the speech.
“This presentation and topic has just been so on the forefront of my mind recently coming up on a year of the Trump election,” French said.
As a white woman, French said it was refreshing to hear another white woman talking about the necessity for being intersectional and actively clearing space for voices of color and voices of varying demographics.
Myhre was critical of President Trump’s views of women, and presented the transcript of the President’s infamous conversation with Billy Bush.
She spoke out about misogyny in the science world, mentioning her own experiences with sexual harassment and assault.
This is a moment of intersectionality for science, and that it’s important that minority voices are able to speak out, she said.
Kristen Thomas, a junior, said that she liked hearing Myhre speak with energy about how to collectively be moving forward.