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Women are making history at the Wyss Institute

In celebration of Women’s History Month, we recognize some of the extraordinary women changing the world through their work at the Wyss Institute

Right now, women make up half of the college-educated workforce in the United States, but only make up 34% of the total number working in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). This is not because they lack the necessary skills – there is no scientific, cognitive difference between men and women’s abilities in these areas. Instead, the gap exists because of sociological issues like gender stereotypes, male-dominated cultures, and a lack of successful examples.

One way we can fix this problem is by increasing the amount of representation and number of role models for young women. The more they see evidence that women can thrive in these fields, the easier it is for them to see themselves as future STEM professionals.

We know that women from Marie Curie to Rosalind Franklin to Katherine Johnson have made groundbreaking or history-making discoveries that allow us to better understand ourselves and the world around us, but here at the Wyss, you don’t have to look very hard to find many more of them making history. Each day, women at the Wyss are shaping the future, not only through their work, but also by serving as role models for girls thinking about pursuing careers in STEM.

Join us in celebrating Women’s History Month by browsing the gallery below and learning how they are impacting the world.

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