In science, we are always trying to make research more inclusive rather than exclusive. The involvement of women in the advancement of science cannot be understated. Women comprise slightly more than 50 percent of the population — exclusion means we are losing bright scientific minds with ideas and imaginations that could cure disease, inspire young scientists, and breathe fresh air into a challenging atmosphere that cannot afford to grow stagnant.
Mary-Claire King’s life and work serves as an ideal for scientific investigation and using our knowledge to empower communities.
Esther Lederberg was as overlooked as the lambda phage she discovered.
Hilde Mangold was born October 20, 1898. She was a German embryologist who was best known for her 1923 dissertation which was the foundation for her mentor, Hans Spemann's, 1935 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of the embryonic organizer.
The story of Henrietta Lacks, the woman behind the famous HeLa cells.
Dr. Joan Steitz has championed the cause of women in science by emphasizing the importance of female advisers in attracting and keeping more women in STEM research fields.
Dr. Jane Cooke Wright broke multiple race and gender barriers and become one of the most distinguished physician-scientists in modern medicine.
Elizabeth Stern’s work has had a lasting impact on women’s healthcare, improving cervical cancer diagnosis and promoting the inclusion and protection of all women against disease.
JAX is highlighting the achievements of women geneticists, celebrating not only their contributions to science but also remembering their struggles navigating what was, for many of them, a non-traditional career. We begin with Rosalind Franklin, whose story is famous within the scientific community, but is less well-known among the general public.