We are the 51

Nettie Stevens

NETTIE STEVENS Everyone who studies genetics at school hears of Gregor Mendel and Watson and Crick. Nettie Stevens was an early American geneticist and deserves wider recognition for her work to describe the chromosomal basis of sex. By careful observation of insect chromosomes she discovered that, [...]

Ida B Wells

IDA B WELLS Rosa Parks,  “the first lady of civil rights” and “the mother of the freedom movement”, is rightly famed for her role in bringing about racial equality in the United States,  but  71 years early Ida B Wells made her mark. Ida Bell Wells-Barnett was a [...]

Wally Funk and the Mercury 13

Have you heard of Mercury 13? No? I hadn’t until listening to a documentary on Radio 4 recently. Mercury 13 is the name given to the privately funded program, which allowed thirteen women to undergo the same physiological and psychological tests as the astronauts selected by NASA for Project [...]

Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale may seem like a strange choice to start a series about women who deserve greater recognition, but Florence Nightingale pretty much sums up the dilemma for women in the public eye. We all know “The Lady with the Lamp”. Certainly when I was growing up, when Blue Peter [...]

We Are The 51

I’m of the generation that thought that the battle for equality was pretty much won. Women had burned their bras so that I had the opportunity to break through the glass ceiling. Something like that anyway. Margaret Thatcher had been Prime Minister and so it stood to reason that women could [...]
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