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Speaking out for women in science is part of the job

Dr. Sarah Myhre is a research associate at the School of Oceanography at the University of Washington. As a paleoceanographer, she studies ancient climate fluctuations by analyzing core samples of the ocean floor.

She's become a prominant voice sounding the alarm on climate change. But it was one of her non-scientific publications that brought on a recent wave of attention, not all of it welcome.

"I get harassed all the time on the internet. I get weird emails, I get hate mail. And the majority of that is in line with what other women scientists also receive," she said.

The reactions follow a series of articles Myhre wrote for local and national publications, detailing the sexual harassment and outright assault that she has both witnessed and experienced as a woman working in science.

"The #MeToo Movement happened, and that really broke pieces inside of me, where I had to come to terms," Myhre said. "Those things catalyzed a shift inside of me to begin to be brave enough to talk about these really, really hard pieces that are a component of my professional life as a scientist."

Myhre joined Souned Effect host Gabriel Spitzer to talk about why she feels compelled to continue speaking out, and why she believes she and other advocates are starting to get some traction.

Kevin Kniestedt is a journalist, host and producer who began his career at KNKX in 2003. Over his 17 years with the station, he worked as a full time jazz host, a news host and produced the weekly show Sound Effect. Kevin has conducted or produced hundreds of interviews, has won local and national awards for newscasts and commentary.
Gabriel Spitzer is a former KNKX reporter, producer and host who covered science and health and worked on the show Sound Effect.