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Suffrage, art and science – The Scientist

This was supposed to be coordinated with the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day (held March 19, 1911), so I’m a little behind, but hey, it’s still Women’s History Month!

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!

More via Suffrage, art and science – The Scientist – Magazine of the Life Sciences.



Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.