Pasha 18: The struggles of black women in science

Many academic disciplines in science, technology, engineering and maths tend to be dominated by men. There are a number of historical and social reasons for this, which persist today and keep women out of these disciplines. This is especially true for black women, who must also battle outdated cultural ideals that suggest they don’t “belong” in science.

In today’s episode of Pasha, Ndoni Mcunu, a PhD Candidate at the University of the Witwatersrand, takes us through her story of being a black woman in science.


Read more: A personal journey sheds light on why there are so few black women in science


Photo: By Wavebreakmedia Chemist in protective suit filling test tubes with green liquid in the lab. Shutterstock

Music “Happy African Village” by John Bartmann found on FreeMusicArchive.org licensed under CC0 1.