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Celebrating (Still Largely Unsung) Science Women

The European Commission recently released a book to celebrate the achievements of European women scientists of all times. “For much of human history, women were officially excluded from the scientific realm,” Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for Science and Research states on the book’s Web page. Yet “many women, throughout the centuries, have managed to overcome their marginalisation and excel in their chosen field, making vital contributions to the sum of human knowledge.”

The book, entitled Women in Science, tells the story of 40 women scientists, some of them well known and some others less so. The book is a reminder that “women scientists, even when the odds are stacked against them, are the equal of men. Celebrating the achievements of the women of yesteryear can provide young women today with role models and examples to aspire to in their quest for scientific excellence,” reads the introduction.

You may read the book for free here or listen to the story of each woman in separate audio files.

If you’re interested in learning more about Hypatia of Alexandria in particular, you’ll even soon be able to watch part of her story in a totally unrelated initiative: Spanish film director Alejandro Amenábar has just made a new movie called Agora that explores the life and work of the Alexandrian astronomer, mathematician, and philosopher. (The movie is to hit Spanish cinema screens on 9 October.)