Here's Why Female Paleontologists Are Sporting Fake Beards

Filmmaker Lexi Marsh was with her friend Ellen Currano, a paleobotanist at the University of Wyoming, when she came up with the idea for her upcoming documentary "The Bearded Lady Project: Challenging the Face of Science."

"There are days when I wish I could just slap a beard on my face and go to work," Currano told Marsh regarding the sexism she faces on a daily basis. Marsh could relate entirely, having faced this herself in her own industry.

So in 2014, a crew began shooting the film to do one of two things:
1. "Celebrate the inspirational and adventurous women who choose to dedicate their lives in search of clues to the history of life on earth."
2. "Educate the public on the inequities and prejudices that exist in the field of science, with special emphasis on the geosciences."

Now in post-production, the film will inspire more women to get involved in STEM careers, particularly geoscience ones, while also donating "proceeds to a scholarship fund to support future female scientists."

Watch the trailer for the documentary in the video player below:

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