Women in Science

Hypatia in a illustration of 1908 (Wikipedia)

Hypatia in a illustration of 1908 (Wikipedia)

Today, as every day, we’re celebrating women and I want to celebrate women in science!
Unfortunately women have had a secondary role in science history, even though many of them were in the forefront.
Hypatia is the ancient symbol of woman in science. She was a philosopher, mathematicians and astronomer and more than anything she was a free thinker. She was head of Platonic school of Alexandria playing also an important political role in the ancient city. For this porpuse she was murdered by Christian fundamentalists in 453 a:C. I heartily recommend Agorà a great film inspired to Hypatia’ personalities.

What about women in science today ? A special section of Nature finds that there is still much to do to achieve gender equality in science. In this issue, Nature takes a hard look at the gender gap and at what is being done to close it.


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