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Stemming the Tide: The Presentation of Women Scientists in CSI

Shane Warren, Mark Goodman, Rebecca Horton, Nate Bynum

Abstract


We reviewed three of the 15 years of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation to understand the media presentation of women scientists.  We found that CSI did present stereotypical views of the female investigators and that the female characters playing these roles were often punished by the script.  However, we also found that the show provided an opportunity for the story of women to be told by these female characters.  Accordingly, our examination of the character of Sara Sidle and the other forensic scientists found that the portrayal was more complex that previously literature suggests.


Keywords


STEM, CSI, female scientists

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