Women Should Play Scientists in Films, Not AI Robots, Says Cambridge University
At Cambridge University, a leading professor has called for more female scientists to be portrayed in films and television shows. Professor Dame Athene Donald believes that women should be represented as real-life scientists rather than artificial intelligence (AI) robots or other futuristic characters.
The professor of experimental physics at the university’s Cavendish Laboratory said it was important to show young girls that they could become successful scientists if they chose to pursue this career path. She added that it was also essential for boys and men to see strong female role models in science fiction movies and TV series.
“We need more positive images of women doing science,” she said during an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Wednesday morning. “It is really important for young people – both male and female – to have positive role models.”
Professor Donald argued that while there had been some progress made towards gender equality within the scientific community over recent years, there were still too few women being featured in popular culture when it came to representing scientists. She pointed out how many films featuring AI robots were often voiced by male actors despite them having no actual scientific background whatsoever.
“I think we need much better representation of what real life looks like,” she continued. “When you look at Hollywood movies about science, they are almost always either men or robotic figures which are usually voiced by men.”
The professor went on to explain why she felt this lack of representation was so damaging: “If you don’t see yourself reflected back then you don’t feel part of society… It is very hard for children growing up not seeing themselves represented positively in any way shape or form”.
Professor Donald suggested that filmmakers should consider casting more actresses who have studied STEM subjects (science, technology engineering and mathematics). This would help create a realistic portrayal of what working life looks like for those involved in these fields today – something which can only benefit future generations looking into similar careers paths themselves one day soon enough!
To conclude her thoughts on the matter, Professor Donald highlighted how crucial it is for everyone – regardless of their gender -to understand just how vital science is: “Science affects all our lives whether we realise it or not… We must make sure everybody feels included”.
In conclusion then; whilst there has been some progress made towards greater gender equality within the scientific community over recent years; there remains a clear lack of female representation when it comes down to portraying scientists accurately across film & television media platforms today – something which needs addressing sooner rather than later if we’re ever going achieve true parity between genders here! By casting more actresses who have studied STEM subjects into roles such as these; filmmakers will be able showcase what working life looks like realistically within these fields today – thus inspiring future generations looking into similar career paths themselves one day soon enough!