Excluding, silencing and discouraging so many brilliant minds carries a very heavy cost, not just to the women directly impacted, but to all of humanity.
Glenn, in the NASA mailroom, received letters from fans of all ages.
John Glenn Archives, The Ohio State University
John Glenn would have turned 100 on July 18, 2021. Today’s space program is a giant leap more inclusive than when he made his pioneering orbit of the Earth in 1962.
One criticism of traditional mentoring is that it teaches people how to succeed by playing by existing rules, thus reinforcing the status quo. But mentoring can also be a force for change.
Professor Tania Douglas is warmly remembered as an excellent scientist and a remarkable human being.
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She believed and advocated that Africa needs to find solutions to its own problems and worked tirelessly to build biomedical engineering capacity across the continent.
Ecology needs to be more inclusive of research from the global South and by women, to create a balanced view of the world.
Nutrient-rich small fish harvested from a rice field in Bangladesh.
Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted, a native of Trinidad and Tobago, is the winner of the 2021 World Food Prize for her work identifying small fish as valuable nutrition sources for developing countries.
When women do science, society benefits in myriad ways.
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Less than 30% of researchers worldwide are women. The biases and perceptions that keep women and girls out of STEM must be tackled.
Marie Curie overcame innumerable obstacles, and in the process has become a role model. But does the latest film version of her life do her story justice?
Women have a huge amount to contribute to science and research, if the right support systems are in place.
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Reasons why women’s voices are ignored in science reporting range from socio-cultural influences that inform gender norms, to perceptions of leadership and political power structures.
Mostly male, white faces up on stage at the Nobel Prize award ceremony.
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With 3% of science Nobels going to women and zero going to Black people, these awards are an extreme example of how certain demographics are underrepresented in STEM fields.
There are still sexist views of women’s brains.
From having small brains to being better at reading, it is often argued that women aren’t well suited to do science.
Tharp with an undersea map at her desk. Rolled sonar profiles of the ocean floor are on the shelf behind her.
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and the estate of Marie Tharp
Born on July 30, 1920, geologist and cartographer Tharp changed scientific thinking about what lay at the bottom of the ocean – not a featureless flat, but rugged and varied terrain.
Rosalind Franklin at age 25.
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Franklin was born a century ago, and her X-ray crystallography work crucially contributed to determining the structure of DNA.
Getting more women involved in science is good for everyone.
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A number of programmes now exist that are helping to close the gender gap in African science, technology, engineering and maths.
On the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, we take a look at how her monumental efforts helped shape the way we model health care and disease outbreak data today.
Films that dissolve rapidly when placed under the tongue or high in the cheek will make vaccines cheaper and more reliable.
Stephen C. Schafer
Inspired by amber and hard candy, researchers figured out a new, needle-free, shelf-stable way to preserve vaccines, making them easier to ship and administer around the world.
Cheryl Praeger was awarded the 2019 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science. She has spent more than four decades inspiring a love for maths in others, and has created a vast body of academic work in the process.
The prizes are among the country’s most prestigious accolades for science-related achievements. This year marks their 20th anniversary.
After 117 years, a third woman won a physics Nobel.
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Progress has been made toward gender parity in science fields. But explicit and implicit barriers still hold women back from advancing in the same numbers as men to the upper reaches of STEM academia.
One of the most influential agricultural entomologists in history was an insatiably curious and fiercely independent woman named Eleanor Anne Ormerod. She never went to school - nor was she paid for her work.
The majority of Australian women change their name when they marry.
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We are three professional women who all made different decisions regarding name changes.