Madame President

MIT President Susan Hockfield has some advice for the young women of today: "If young women want to help invent the future — and change lives and change societies — there's no better way to do it than through science and engineering." In an interview with the Huffington Post's Matthew Dakotah, Hockfield credits the generations of women scientists who came before her with the advances being made by women in science today.

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