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Speaking out for women in science is part of the job

Oct 5, 2019

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.