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How we started
While Cat was working on her Master’s degree at Harvard, she noticed a peculiar trend. There were very few tenured female professors with children. After much asking around, no one Cat talked to could name a female professor with children that had received tenure at Harvard in the last seven years.
All the female professors Cat and others could find waited to have children after they had tenure, sometimes in their late 30s. The same was not true at all for male professors, however. Cat came across social science papers like the Motherhood Penalty, and began reading up on unconscious bias.
While still at Harvard, Cat and members of the group Harvard Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (HGWISE) began drafting ideas for a website to raise awareness about unconscious bias. Cat took these ideas with her to Berkeley.
In fall of 2014 at Berkeley, Cat attended the first Expanding Potential conference, hosted by SYNBERC. There, she presented her ideas for the Unconscious Bias Project website, and Leigh Martin joined the team.
A few months later, Cat, Leigh, and Mitch co-wrote a grant proposal to finance the website and outreach events. The proposal was approved in May, 2015.
The project has been picking up steam and members ever since!