Women’s History Month: Women in STEM

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| By Tracie Moy |

March is Women’s History Month! And while it’s important to recognize the achievements made by all women, we are here to talk about women in STEM; these women are scientists, physicians, engineers, mathematicians, environmentalists, physicists… the list goes on!

From a historical perspective, we typically think of the Jane Goodall’s and the Marie Curie’s of the world, but we also want to recognize those in STEM that may be lesser known. Gale’s Science In Context has informational portals to do just that. Science In Context covers Barbara McClintock, a pioneering geneticist; there is an entry discussing the scientific contributions of Nettie Maria Stevens, a biologist and cytogeneticist and one of the first American women to be recognized for her contributions to scientific research; and Sylvia A. Earle, a leading oceanographer and among the first to make use of SCUBA gear.

Science In Context has published three new portals as well:

  • Regina Benjamin: A private-practice physician. She was appointed to the post of U.S. Surgeon General during the Obama administration.
  • Chien-Shiung, Wu: One of the most respected female physicists in America.  She was instrumental in the research that earned two of her colleagues, Tsung Dao Lee and Ning Yang, the Nobel Prize in Physics. And the first woman to be granted an honorary doctorate in science from Princeton University.
  • Vandana Shiva: A well-known environmentalist, feminist and physicist. Shiva was honored as one of five women sharing the internationally-prestigious $2 million Right Livelihood Award, considered an alternative Nobel Prize for peaceful environmental and social activism.

The women-scientists mentioned above are respected in their fields and have made significant contributions to the study and practice of STEM, but there’s certainly much more work to be done! Above all else, women should feel empowered to do great things no matter where their passions may reside.

Discover Gale’s Science In Context to raise awareness this Women’s History Month. Explore social media posts, web banners, training materials, and more to help users learn about how fearless women pioneers changed the world in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) >>

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Tracie Moy has been with Gale prior to wrinkles!  She’s a mom doing her best, a fierce lover of shoes, and can be found at the boxing gym almost daily. She’s infatuated with burgers and dark chocolate and believes that a “diet,” in any form, starts tomorrow.




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