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Empowering women in science

Dr Megan Rossi with her team at Kings College London

It still amazes me when I get messages from young women saying they want a career in science but are worried it’s a male-dominated space.


Let’s face it, we still live in a society that takes men more seriously. There’s still strong male bias in many medical trials too (one for another post!).


And believe me, I’ve had my share of sexism in science. But if anything, it’s made me stronger and more determined to make science more accessible to EVERYone.


It’s United Nations International Day of Women and Girls in Science and here are just a few of the amazing female scientists you should know about.


  • Prof Sarah Gilbert: the woman who designed the Oxford vaccine.
  • Rosalind Franklin: an ex-King’s College London student who was instrumental in DNA discoveries.
  • Dorothy Hodgkin: the woman who discovered the structure of insulin.
  • Katherine Johnson: the woman who helped to make the first NASA moon landing possible.
  • Marie Curie: the inventor of the mobile X-ray unit and the first woman to win a Novel Prize.
  • Wangari Maathai: a game-changer for environmental conservation and the first black woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.


Here’s to encouraging many more women into science!


Missing my King’s College London research team full of brilliant women