AWIS To Host Film Screening and Discussion on Biased Algorithms

April 8, 2021



Shelley O’Brien

AWIS To Host Film Screening and Discussion on Biased Algorithms

WASHINGTON DC, April 8, 2021 – AWIS will be hosting Dr. Cathy O’Neil on April 22 from 2:00 – 3:00PM ET to engage in a conversation around the dangers of A.I. and poorly designed algorithms. Dr. O’Neil’s TED Talk “The Era of Blind Faith in Big Data Must End” has 1.4M views, and her research and insights were featured in the Coded Bias film.

The film Coded Bias — by Shalini Kantayya — was added to Netflix this week. It highlights several examples of algorithms built by predominantly white, male teams that incorporate their unconscious biases and reinforce racist, sexist, and capitalistic injustice. No Netflix subscription? That’s ok. Anyone who registers for the AWIS discussion will receive a link to screen the film the week prior to the event (April 15-21).

AWIS works to break down systemic barriers and advance women in science through research, advocacy, and professional development. We need individuals and organizations to join in this work. As Janice Rose stated in her April 6 Vice article, “our society will continue to produce new, more harmful technologies—unless we dismantle it and create something better to put in its place.”

Building awareness and diverse teams will keep programmer biases from creeping into algorithms in the first place. Organizations can partner with AWIS to stay on top of trends affecting women in science, provide resources for their employees, and foster an inclusive work culture to attract and retain top talent.

The April 22 discussion with Dr. O’Neil is open to anyone, but AWIS members can attend free using the code found on our website and in our weekly newsletter. Individuals who join AWIS can also participate in mentoring, networking, and leadership opportunities as well as find career resources, apply for scholarships, and receive recognition of their work.


About AWIS: Founded in 1971, AWIS has been the leading advocate for women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to achieve business growth, social change, and innovation. We are dedicated to driving excellence in STEM by achieving equity and full participation of women in all disciplines and across all employment sectors. In addition to scholarships, AWIS provides career resources, professional development, as well as networking, mentoring, and volunteer opportunities to build leadership skills. To learn more, visit and @AWISNational.