During WiseNight 2021 (European Researchers’ Night science festival), BeWiSe created an art exhibition showing portraits of 30 female scientists active in Belgium, photographed by Michiel Devijver. Find out more about these female role models in the accompanying podcasts and videos.

Online sources about female role models

  • Book tip: Women in the History of Science (Wills et al.)

Women in the History of Science brings together primary sources that highlight women’s involvement in scientific knowledge production around the world. Arranged by time period, covering 1200 BCE to the twenty-first century, and across 12 inclusive and far-reaching themes, this book is an invaluable companion to students and lecturers alike in exploring women’s history in the fields of science, technology, mathematics, medicine and culture. While women are too often excluded from traditional narratives of the history of science, this book centres on the voices and experiences of women across a range of domains of knowledge.

“Ada Lovelace has been called the world’s first computer programmer. In the 1840s, she wrote the world’s first machine algorithm for an early computing machine that existed only on paper. Lovelace was a brilliant mathematician, thanks in part to her privileged birth.”

“Throughout history, women who wanted to participate in physics have faced a relentless obstacle course of social disapproval, educational inequity, and downright discrimination.”

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