Minds of Their Own: Women, Science, and Equality

My second major video project was for a class I took my senior year of college. The class was entitled Women and Gender in Science and Technology, and primarily focused on the struggles women have in science, technology, engineering, and math fields due to their gender. Some of the class material was dry and boring, but when it came time for a final project, I discussed with my group that I felt it would be a great idea to make a video where we engaged some of our peers on topics relating to the class.

After sifting through the interview footage, I decided to incorporate some outside sources to drive the point home a bit further. Coupled with faculty and staff interviews, I was able to shape this project into an informative and thought provoking mini-documentary, which ended up bringing our group an excellent grade in the course. Here is the film, so enjoy:

Here is the YouTube description:

“Minds of Their Own: Women, Science, and Equality” is a short documentary produced for the course “Women & Gender in Science and Technology” at NC State University as part of a final project assignment. The video seeks to raise awareness of struggles and challenges women face in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, and point to how feminism can help solve the issues.

Further information:

All participants signed release forms and willingly participated.

WGS 210 Group 11: Cara Adrian, Daniel Alvey, Eric Davis, Caitlin McCright, Ethan D. Smith
Written, directed, and edited by Ethan D. Smith

Images courtesy:

Special thanks to:
Dr. Lisa Bullard http://www.che.ncsu.edu/people/faculty-pages/bullard.html
NC State Women’s Center http://oied.ncsu.edu/womens-center/
NC State Office of Student Conduct http://studentconduct.ncsu.edu/

Full interviews with the Women’s Center, Office of Student Conduct, and Dr. Lisa Bullard available here: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLF9ahQmIu82lNfzxnSaTbhmeGZ8Taux7F

“Impact Moderato” http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Kevin_MacLeod/Impact
“New Element” http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Alex_Mason/Hybrid
Used under an Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/

Video clips:
“American Women: Partners in Research” https://archive.org/details/American1960_2
“Mesa of Lost Women” https://archive.org/details/MesaOfLostWomen
“The Open Mind: Rethinking Feminism” https://archive.org/details/openmind_ep491
All clips released in the Public Domain from freeinternetarchive.org
“NCI B-roll: Advanced Technology Research Center in Frederick MD,” National Cancer Institute https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiVkG5s-pqYhV4–qtr2xYw
Released under Creative Commons Share-Alike Attribution License

For more information about the He for She movement, visit http://heforshe.org
Women & Gender Studies at NC State: http://ids.chass.ncsu.edu/wgs/

Video produced entirely using Windows Live Movie Maker and Audacity.

I have also uploaded the unedited interviews from Dr. Lisa Bullard, Dr. Ashley Simons-Rudolph, and Turi Watson:

This video was filmed on three different cameras, but I did use Windows Live Movie Maker to edit it, which was quite a challenge considering it only has one audio track. It was long and painstaking, but I was happy with the result. Enjoy and feel free to share with your friends.

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