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"Data Driven" Film Interviews Collection

Identifier: MC-0747

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of video interviews and transcripts with 17 female Masschusetts Institute of Technology faculty members and the short documentary using the interviews, "The Uprising". The interviews focus on women faculty in science and engineering at MIT, and more broadly gender equity issues in STEM fields. Specifically referencing events discussed the 1999 report, Study on the Status of Women Faculty in Science at MIT. The interviews were produced by Wicked Delicate Films in conjunction with the MIT Press and MIT Libraries. Interviews may be used in a future film, Data Driven. A documentary was made by Wicked Delicate Films called "Picture A Scientist" which featured some of the footage.


  • Interviews Recorded August 28, 2018


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This collection is open.

Conditions Governing Use

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Historical Note

A Study on the Status of Women Faculty in the School of Science at MIT: How a Committee on Women Faculty came to be established by the Dean of the School of Science, what the Committee and the Dean learned and accomplished, and recommendations for the future. MIT Faculty Newsletter , March 1999.

In 1995 the Dean of Science established a Committee to analyze the status of women faculty in the six departments in the School of Science at the Masschusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The Committee submitted a report of its findings in August, 1996 and amended reports in 1997 and 1998. The Committee discovered that junior women faculty felt well supported within their departments. In contrast to junior women, many tenured women faculty felt marginalized and excluded from a significant role in their departments. Marginalization increased as women progressed through their careers at MIT.

View the March 1999 MIT Faculty Newsletter for more information on this report.


978.9 Gigabytes (46 digital files)

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The files are arranged into two series, Interviews and Film. The files in the Interview series are arranged by subject. The files in the Film series are arranged as received by the donor.

Digital Materials Location

Collection materials are digital-only and are currently unavailable for online access. Advance notice is required for use.

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Some collection descriptions are based on legacy data and may be incomplete or contain inaccuracies. Description may change pending verification. Please contact the MIT Department of Distinctive Collections if you notice any errors or discrepancies.



Seventeen interviews concerning women in education and STEM fields.
Joe Carrano, Kari Smith
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Revision Statements

  • 2021: Edited by Lana Mason for compliance with DACS single-level optimum requirements.
  • 2021-12-01: Digital archivist, Joe Carrano, updated information about 2022-040 accession, "The Uprising" film
  • 2022-01-25: Digital archivist, Joe Carrano, updated extent to be accurate and added info about presence of transcripts

Repository Details

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