Throughout the month of March, Oxford University Press will be celebrating women in STM (science, technology, and medicine) with the objective of highlighting the outstanding contributions that women have made to these fields. Historically many of the contributions made by women have gone unsung or undervalued, and these fields have been male-dominated and inaccessible for women to enter. Today, there are many groups and individuals championing women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and medicine and the gender imbalance is slowly beginning to be redressed.
This timeline provides a curated selection of achievements, discoveries, and innovations made by women in science and medicine, from outstanding contributions to astronomy to the identification of the virus known to cause AIDS. Of course, this is just a very small highlight of the remarkable contribution made throughout history, so please do share any other notable highlights in the comments section below!
Featured image credit: A photograph of Pierre and Marie Curie at work in their laboratory by Wellcome Collection. CC BY 4.0 via Wellcome Collection.