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Celebrating Women

Today marks the 100th annual International Women’s Day. Here are a few sites online that are promoting women in science today:

AthenaWeb is highlighting videos of this year’s L’Oreal-UNESCO laureates, who come from the United States, Mexico, France, Philippines, and Egypt.

CERN is celebrating International Women’s Day by letting viewers peek in at the experiment control rooms to see how many women are working at any given time (when I checked in earlier, it was about half-and-half men and women). Be sure to scroll down to see some great posters of women scientists in various departments at the megalab.

Imperial College London has an exhibit called 100 Women – 100
that features photos and quotes from women at Imperial at
all levels — undergraduates on up to senior faculty.

I’d love to know about more special online events for women in science; feel free to add them in the comments section below.

On Science Careers, we’ve profiled some awesome women in the last year or so:

  • Patricia Alireza, a physicist who started her Ph.D. after her kids were in school and finished at age 45;
  • Laia Crespo found that, for her, a career in science meant a career in venture capital;
  • Gina Wingood, public health professor who has devoted her career to designing AIDS intervention programs for African-American women;
  • Regan Theiler, a physician-scientist who works in both the laboratory and the delivery room to improve women’s health;
  • Cecilia Aragon, a computer scientist in the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Computational Research Division, who returned to finish her Ph.D. after a more than a decade spent working as a pilot;
  • Michal Sharon, a structural biologist at the Weizmann Institute in Israel, who recently landed a starting grant from the European Research Council.

One comment on “Celebrating Women”

  1. A reader just pointed out another online event to me: Under the Microscope, an excellent Web site to encourage young women in science, is encouraging readers to write a letter to their younger selves. “If you could send a letter back in time, what wisdom would you impart to the younger you? What would you praise her for? What would you encourage her to do differently? What would you want her to know about where you ended up?” More details and submission instructions available here.

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