At ScienceOpen we are celebrating the UN International Day of Women and Girls in Science with a big thank you to all of the women scientists and academics who contribute to our knowledge of the world and, more importantly, serve as role models and mentors to the next generation.
I grew up in rural California with some of the smartest girls I’ve ever known (my best friend studied at CalTech and got her Ph.D. in Geochemistry from Stanford) and a 7th-grade teacher who inspired us with his love for science.
I also had the great fortune to have strong women mentors like Susan Parkhurst at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle and Jane K. Brown at the University of Washington, who challenged and encouraged me. I would like to say thank you to these women who showed me what was possible. As CEO of ScienceOpen, I hope I have been able to support in my own way all of the great women that have worked at ScienceOpen over the years.
While it feels like we have come a long way toward gender equity in STEM in the last 50 years, we still have not reached our goals yet. Therefore Goal 5 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals strives to Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. Some of the forces that keep girls and women out of science are so subtle it is not always clear the best way to change them. But researchers are also working on that!
I have put together some interesting articles in this collection of research on Women in Science on ScienceOpen. Feel free to recommend papers I have missed! We also have a collection of research around SDG 5: Gender Equality. If you are doing research in this area you can add your articles by tagging them with the keyword “SDG 5”.
At ScienceOpen, we are also honored to be working with a diverse group of engaged publishers and researchers who are helping to shape the narrative on Women and Girls in Science.
We would like to highlight the contribution of women on ScienceOpen, through some of our Researcher Collections, which have been curated by women researchers and cover interesting fields of research.
- Embodied Memory – Claudia Repetto
- Indigenous Knowledge – Jo Havemann
- Malaria vaccine development – Camila França
- Nanoparticles to cross the blood-brain barrier (BBB) – Alysia Cox
- Open Data in Research – Jasmine Hoover
- Resource Identification – Anita Bandrowski
- RNA drug delivery – Sara Menina
- Scientific Ocean Drilling Expedition Research Results – Lorri Peters and Ginny Lowe
- Sex and gender-sensitive medicine – Sabine Oertelt-Prigione
- The Biology of Macroalgae – Naushin Raheema