Dr. Jennifer Doudna: Women Can Pursue STEM Fields And Still Be Mothers, Wives On Their Own Terms

Dr. Jennifer Doudna of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute chatted with HuffPost Live while at Davos on Wednesday about how important it is for women to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields.

“I think that for a lot of women there’s a subtle but unfortunately effective discouragement of women pursuing the STEM fields,” Dounda said.

Doudna, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, has done award-winning work on controlling the information content of cells. She was inspired by women, and she hopes other women will find role models in the STEM fields to encourage them to pursue their “curiosities.”

“Women have natural curiosities, as do men, and we just want to show women they can pursue these fields and they can be feminine, they can be mothers, they can be wives, they really can do all those things and do it on their own terms,” Doudna said.

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