Women in Science
To celebrate Women’s History month, lets take a moment to highlight a few advances in science made by women. According to a report by UNESCO, women make up less than 30% of the world's researchers, so here are a few who have made groundbreaking achievements in science, challenged stereotypes, and paved the way for future generations.
Perhaps the most well-known female scientist, Marie Curie, was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize. Since winning twice – in both physics and chemistry, for her groundbreaking work on the theory of radioactivity, she has become a role model for women in science around the world.
Another notable female scientist is Rosalind Franklin, her research on X-ray crystallography was essential in determining the structure of DNA. The images she captured, particularly the famous "Photo 51," showed a clear X-shaped pattern that indicated the presence of a double helix structure.
In recent years, more women are entering the scientific workforce and leading research on topics such as climate change, cancer, and genetics. A great example is Jennifer Doudna, who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2020 for her work on CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing, which has revolutionized the field of genetics.
Despite facing obstacles and biases in the field, women have made significant contributions to science throughout history, and continue to do so today!