How identities shape the experiences of women in science

Four women working in agricultural science took part in a Thrive discussion on gender and science. The discussion will be part of a forthcoming Thrive podcast, but a preview is here to help us mark this week’s International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

During one of her first job interviews, Izabella Koziell at 23, was asked what would happen if her Land Rover broke down in the middle of the African bush. “Well, you’re a woman,” her interviewer said. “What would you do?” She remembers that moment – and her response – clearly: ‘I’ll get out and fix it, or find someone to fix it for me.”

She didn’t get the job. “Maybe I was displaying too many masculine behaviors,” Koziell guesses…