A hundred years on, women are still underrepresented at the highest levels of science, despite there being equality in the numbers of PhDs and post-docs, at least in the life sciences. The Medical Research Council MRC has published a book, Suffrage Science, to celebrate the centenary and the achievements of women scientists. On Wednesday night March 9, as part of the books official launch, the MRC held a debate, entitled “Are Women Changing Science?” and reception at the Institute for Contemporary Arts in London. A panel of remarkable women discussed the role of women in science, the problems they have personally faced, and how, hopefully, attitudes might be changing.
After the debate, silver jewelry designed by Benita Gikaite and Anya Malhotra, first year students in Jewellery Design at Central Saint Martins College, was presented to UCL cognitive neuroscientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, Davies, Collins and Parry.
While this even was meant mainly to raise awareness of women in science, it also underscored the importance of balancing all aspects of knowledge; art and science, male and female ways of thinking, theoretical and applied!
- MIT Makes Strides With Women Scientists: Report (huffingtonpost.com)
- Women in Science on the Smithsonian Channel (lostateminor.com)
- Changes and New Challenges for Women in Academia | The Intersection (blogs.discovermagazine.com)