March 8th is International Day of Women. In honor of that the Nobel Prize site is featuring articles on women prize winners. Their contribution to the world is immeasurable, and we are all better for it. <click here for a link to the site>. #internationalwomensday2018
This is not a post on any political topic. However, I just wanted to use the forum and audience I have to push an issue that I feel strongly about. Women in science and their achievements, and making sure we celebrate them so that girls who love science and STEM education have role models that they can look to, and see how far they too can go.
There is still a “STEM” glass ceiling for women scientists. In 50+ years we have not had a woman physicist win the Nobel prize. And size 1901 only two have ever been awarded: Marie Curie (1903) and Maria Goeppert Mayer (1963). There are so many exceptional women physicists that should be in consideration. Here is an article on a few from a 2014 piece on the lack of women Nobel physicist award winners. <click here>
I find it hard to believe that in 50+ years not one woman has won the Nobel prize in physics. Their contributions to science has not been lost on world; but apparently just lost to antiquity. This is worrisome, as I stated previously, that we want to celebrate women in STEM careers by their award and lifetime research to provide role models for the girls growing up; who otherwise might go to other interests.
We need more girls in STEM careers. And it starts with honoring those who have spent their lives in the most provocative of sciences: Physics.