Explore Women Pioneers in Science Who Changed the World through Scientific Discoveries
Hosted by: UT Austin Ghosh Lab - College of Pharmacy
Visit our Booth: Saturday, February 27, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Recommended Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th
Recommended Book: This event is adapted from the book titled "Women in Science, 50 fearless pioneers- who changed the world," by Rachel Ignotofsky.
Visit the Activity Video page to watch our Video that explores women pioneers in science.
Although both men and women have the same thirst for knowledge, women have not always been given the opportunities to explore the answers. In the past, women were expected to become good wives and mothers. They were not considered as smart as men. Women were restricted to receive education; denied entrance to universities and access to lab space; had to work without pay and without any funding; their work would go unpublished or they won’t be recognized for their own work.
Throughout history, many women have fought against the social stereotypes to get an education, broke all the rules to have the career they wanted, and risked everything in the name of science. Despite their difficult life journey, their strong determination made them pioneers in STEM. They contributed to every aspect of people, animals, plants, and society. Through their work, they empowered women all around the world and made the world a better and equal place.
But to date, when it comes to inventors, we remember Galileo, but not Hypatia; Charles Darwin, but not Maria Sibylla Merian; Albert Einstein, but not Emmy Noether; James Watson and Francis Crick, but not Rosalind Franklin; Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, but not Grace Hopper, and so on. Rachel Ignotofsky, a New York Times best-selling author and illustrator, compiled the life journey and struggle of 50 such women scientists from different times, in her book titled “Women in Science”. Many of them did not receive the recognition they deserved at the time and were forgotten.
In our video on the Activity Videos page, we highlight the struggle and contributions of 20 such role models. We hope the life stories of these role models will motivate us to make the best out of the opportunities that we receive today, and be determined to keep on contributing to STEM.
Activity Videos & Resources
Watch the video and learn about the life stories of 20 women role models who made the world a better place through their contributions to science.
In the PDF below, check out the bios of the women in science included in the video:
Check out this additional video for more about Women in science who changed the world:
Rosalind Franklin, Marie Curie, Caroline Herschel... These are just a few examples of female scientists who have made world-changing discoveries. Watch the video to hear their extraordinary stories.
More Resources to Explore Women in Science
Here are two more activities that parents/teachers may encourage students to take part in:
The following link directs to a lesson plan for the students. This lesson explores the careers of 19 great female scientists, the obstacles they overcame and asks students to look at their own schools, teachers, friends, and families to see whether those obstacles continue to operate in their lives.
Role model from the current time
Following is a link to an interview with Dr. Sangeeta Bhatia, a biomedical researcher, and biotech entrepreneur at MIT. At Brown University, she majored in biomedical engineering and minored in electrical engineering. At MIT she earned a master's in mechanical engineering and her doctorate in biomedical engineering through a joint MIT-Harvard Medical School program. In this interview, she talks about her life journey as the only woman during her various stages of training and career. Let's find out how she got the drive towards science and became one of the successful scientists, entrepreneurs and role models for all of us.