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Cover for Megan Amram's "Science...For Her!" (Courtesy Simon & Schuster)
Cover for Megan Amram's "Science...For Her!" (Courtesy Simon & Schuster)

Megan Amram is a comedy writer, who got her first job in the business in her early twenties. That very first job was writing for the Academy Awards. Now, she writes for the NBC series "Parks and Recreation," starring Amy Poehler, and she's just finished a writing project of a different sort: a satirical science textbook for women, called Science...For Her!

As Amram jokes in the promotional video for the book, "Everyone knows, women's brains aren't biologically constructed to understand scientific concepts. [...] That's why I've written a book that makes science fun and easy for women of all sizes! Except plus sizes."

Science...For Her! has been described as "the unholy love-child of a science textbook and a particularly raunchy issue of Cosmopolitan magazine." The book includes tips on everything from "Fashion Staples for Each Step of Global Warming," to "What Religion is Right for Your Body Type?"

It's garnered the praise of comedians and feminists alike, including Gloria Steinem, who writes that "If there's one thing more important than science, technology, engineering and math, it's laughing." The woman behind the laughs, Megan Amram, will be appearing tonight at a Harvard Book Store event at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge.

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Megan Amram, writer for the NBC sit-com "Parks and Recreation," and author of Science...For Her! She tweets @meganamram.

This segment aired on November 10, 2014.

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