#GAReads | There's No Excuse For Not Getting a Woman Scientist's Input Anymore
Nowak decided after the panel that she’d had enough. She wanted to help change the paradigm and reduce the barriers to having more women scientists represented as the experts they are. Nowak envisioned creating a tool that could help people easily find women experts to speak with, whether it be for a news story, panel, or even high school biology class.
She brought the idea to 500 Women Scientists, a group that boasts more than 20,000 members working in STEM fields. Turns out it was something already on their radar.
Liz McCullagh, a neuroscience postdoc at University of Colorado Anschutz, had pitched a similar idea. So the two started working on the idea together, and on Thursday, the concept became reality in the form of the “Request a Woman Scientist” on the group’s website.