Forgotten Women in Science

This is an event from the 2019 edition

Join this inspiring talk about incredible women in science, the movement to provide overdue recognition of their achievements and contributions to science, and how you can make a difference.

In this talk, Emma Markham will look at the history of recognising the achievements of women in STEM and ways they were excluded or pushed out of science, and discusses the current trend for giving these women the overdue recognition they deserve. She looks at the work of wikipedia editors to help provide recognition, the backlash of trolls to silence these women and prevent change, and how the audience can become involved and contribute to more equality and create an article for a forgotten woman.

Emma Markham has a background in cancer genetics and currently works at the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council. Emma is passionate about supporting women in STEM, which she does through volunteering as a STEM Ambassador, running workshops at science festivals, speaking on science career panels, and mentoring A-Level students. Emma previously worked at Innovate UK where she ran the Women In Innovation funding competition, and dedicates her spare time to writing Wikipedia pages for forgotten women in STEM. Her aim is to support and normalise careers in science for women.

Amongst the women discussed will be:

Ida FreundDr Ida Freund was the first woman to be a university chemistry lecturer in the UK.

She fought for women to be admitted to the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Two prizes are named after her, awarded annually by Newnham and Girton College.


Dr Alfreda Bosworth Withington was an American physician, but was refused a position in an infirmary because she was a woman, so she became a travelling doctor on the frontier visiting patients on horseback.

Elizabeth RussellDr Elizabeth S Russell carried out ground breaking work in pigmentation, blood-forming cells, and germ cells.

At the Jackson lab she carried out a pivotal study on phenotypes association to genotype in mouse coat colour.



Mary ParsonsDr Mary Almera Parsons was an American physician who successfully petitioned for the Medical Society of the District of Columbia to grant medical licenses to women.




Saturday 26 October
Venue: The Forum, Gallery
Cost: Free, booking required
Age: 10+

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