Celebrating Women in STM

Throughout the month of March, Oxford University Press launched a campaign to celebrate the achievements of women in Science, Technology and Medical fields, coinciding with International Women's Day, which took place on March 8th.

Science, Technology and Medicine are fields which have generally been male-dominated throughout history, with women hoping to pursue careers in these fields experiencing great difficulty in breaking through the gender barrier. Many revolutionary women have fought against the gender-bias to become great scientists, doctors and engineers, paving the way for women today to access better opportunities in STM career paths. Our campaign celebrates those trailblazing women, and the women who work or study in these fields today, and highlights some of difficulties that have been confronted in the past, or which persist to this day.

Free reading list on Oxford Medicine Online

Check out our reading list of free chapters on Oxford Medicine Online. Learn more about some trailblazing women in medicine and science: Marie Curie, Florence Stoney, Cicely Saunders, Rosalyn Yalow, and Mary Broadfoot.

Interactive timeline celebrating women in STM throughout history

Our 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.

Marie Curie - what's in her name?

A blog post by Patricia Fara, author of A Lab of One's Own, exploring the various names of Marie Curie, her radium fundraising trip to the United States in 1921, and the challenges of being a female scientist.

Quiz: Which famous woman in STM are you? 

Throughout our history, women have made varied and important contributions to science, technology, and medicine. Their pioneering work, often fought against overwhelming social prejudice, still affects our lives to this day.Take our fun quiz to discover which famous woman in STM you are most like!

A student's perspective: the changing face of women in medicine

Evie Watts, a fourth year medicine student at Queen's University Belfast, discusses the past, present, and future of female medical students, drawing upon her medical experiences around the world.

To be a mother and a scientist

A blog post by Magdolna Hargittai exploring how motherhood and science research have interacted over the last 100 years, and the double pressure that female scientists face when juggling their work and their family life.

Extract from Cicely Saunders: A Life and Legacy

Cicely Saunders was the founder of the modern hospice movement. This extract from our upcoming biography follows Cicely’s first two years reading Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University and the effect the start of World War Two had upon her studies.

Women and Medicine

Dr Shanthi Mendis, author of An Introduction to Population-level Prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases, discusses the path to achieving gender equality in medicine with an insightful article via Oxford Medicine Online.

Video: Women in STM with Professor Emily Chan

Sit down with author Professor Emily Chan as she discusses the evolution of her career in medicine, and her belief in the importance of female empowerment when working in male-dominated fields.

Video: Women in STM with Mira Lal

Author Dr Mira Lal tells us the stories of two pioneering Elizabeths who inspired her career in medicine, and talks about the continued struggles faced by women in academia  across the globe. 



Video: Working as a Woman within the Field of Anesthesia and Academia

Dr Anita Gupta, author of 50 Studies Every Anesthesiologist Should Know, explains the personally rewarding experience she has had working as a female academic and anaesthesiologist, and the importance of diverse insights in medical fields.