Women in science

A black and white photo showing three scientists in an old looking laboratory.

Why history’s most famous scientists are usually a bit weird


Obsessed with work, insensitive, socially detached, and neglectful of family and friends — these may not be the most endearing qualities in a person, but they are just a few of the common characteristics a researcher found when studying some of the world’s most famous and prolific inventors.

Hedy Lamarr

How actress Hedy Lamarr became the ‘mother of Wi-Fi’

Rachel Ignotofsky

Fighting the STEM gender gap with stories of trailblazing female scientists

Legal justice team

A ‘LEGO provocateur’ pushes the company to add female characters

Research assistant Georgina Bowyer works on a vaccine for Ebola at the Jenner Institute in Oxford, England, on January 16, 2015.

Science isn’t just ‘boys with toys,’ and these ‘girls’ can prove it

Jean Jennings Bartik (left) and Frances Bilas Spence (right)  were part of a team of six women who programmed the ENIAC.

Finding the forgotten women who programmed the world’s first electronic computer


Six women programmed ENIAC for the United States Army during World War II, but when the computer was presented to the public, they weren’t even thanked or named. Now a lawyer and filmmaker is trying to set the historical record straight and help rediscover all of science’s forgotten female pioneers.

Lawrence Summers, former US treasury secretary and Harvard president, ignited a firestorm on gender issues a decade ago this month.

Larry Summers ‘may have done a service to women’ with his sexist remarks


A decade ago, then-Harvard president Larry Summers ignited a firestorm when he suggested women weren’t predisposed to the sciences. Eileen Pollack, author of a book on the brouhaha, credits the widely castigated Summers for at least raising the question — and says society still isn’t encouraging women in key fields.

Staff from the Indian Space Research Organization celebrate at the ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network in Bangalore after their Mars Orbiter spacecraft successfully entered Mars orbit on September 24, 2014.

Women are the face of India’s Mars mission, but they’re still the exception


When India celebrated the success of its first Mars mission, a photo of middle-aged female scientists draped in saris became the viral face of that triumph. But that doesn’t mean female scientists face an easy path, and Rhitu Chatterjee says much more needs to be done for gender equality.