UK Young Scientists of the Year 2014

18 year old twin sisters, Ameeta and Aneeta Kumar, are the UK Young Scientists of the Year 2014, after exciting the judges with their project on developing an early diagnostic tool for cancer. 

National Science + Engineering Competition judge and Nobel Prize-winner Sir Tim Hunt said, “They’ve done an amazing job, I couldn’t grow a cell to save my life!”

Breaking through the Silence: Searching for Black Female Experiences in Speculative Fiction | by Chardine Taylor-Stone


The visibility of Black women in Speculative fiction may be small but it is memorable.  High profile Black female characters that have appeared before us on screen sometimes saving the world and putting the universe to rights include Uhura (Star Trek), Storm (X-men), Zoe Washburne (Firefly), Anastasia Dualla (Battlestar Galactica) and most recently Martha Jones (Doctor Who) and Michonne from The Walking Dead.   In the literary realm there is Rue from The Hunger Games but beyond this I begin to struggle.  The representation of Black women or any other non-white women in SF is so painfully small you begin to develop a wonderful knack for remembering that Black or Brown woman you saw or read about however brief it may be. 

Read more at Hold Fast Magazine



"Women Crack Science" — Photo by William E. McCullough for the Valley Times, June 27, 1960: “Mrs. Gerry (Marcia) Neugebauer, left, points out object of interest to Mrs. Peter (Phyllis) Buwalda on global coordinate system often used by space scientists. Both women are in research and experimentation fields at Jet Propulsion Laboratories in Altadena. In center of globe is the earth.” (Los Angeles Public Library)


WOMEN IN SCIENCE clothing is now available for purchase at the Hydrogene Portfolio online store! Choose between a light or dark design with a background color of your choice, and create custom t-shirts, sweatshirts, and hoodies. 



reminder that the matrix trilogy was written and directed by a trans woman (lana wachowski) along with her brother

one of the most influential and iconic sci fi movies was created by a trans woman and MORE PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THIS!! lana wachowski is a babe and an inspiration, one of the few female directors in hollywood as well as one of the few transgender people in hollywood. 

Why Aren't Women Advancing At Work? Ask a Transgender Person.


Representation Matters: Doc McStuffins

As you know, I am such a fan of media representation for women in STEM, but I haven’t given fair credit to the amazing Doc McStuffins! I feel like I’ve been living under a rock, but this little girl is absolutely perfect. She’s the daughter of a doctor and takes the things she learns from her mom and applies them to her own practice, Her toy practice! She’s smart, curious and according to show creator Chris Nee, she’s also a “strong, assertive character who’s going places in life”. In one episode she was struggling with a diagnosis for one of her patients, but that didn’t get her down. “I won’t give up, until I figure it out!” she cried! She is just the role model pre-school kids deserve.

While she’s teaching kids about health and hygiene, she also making a huge impact. Doc McStuffins is a top rated-program for the 2-5 age group. Little boys and girls love her; merchandise of the show garnered more than $500 million in sales last year. I can’t go to a restaurant or a grocery store anymore without seeming some kid toting her doll around. She’s everywhere!

While she’s awesome and adorable, most importantly she’s a great role model for young girls, especially for girls of color. There is a disproportionately low number of women in STEM, but there’s an even less women of color in STEM fields. Women of color make up about 7% of employed scientists and only 1.9% of the nation’s doctors.

“It’s so powerful to show representation of somebody who’s not usually on TV”, show creator Chris Nee spoke of this importance in a recent interview with MSNBC. Representation matters. Women, especially young people, need to see themselves in the characters they see. It gives them to the chance to say “I could do that, I could be that”. Even Disney executives admit the power media has on the way people, especially kids, see the world. So for a character like Doc McStuffins, a little girl of color who is interested in STEM, to have all the force of the Disney brand behind her, is something to truly celebrate!  


Mary Jane Seacole nee Grant by Albert Charles Challen, 1869

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Seacole owes her reputation to her nursing activities during the Crimean war. Rebuffed when she tried to join Florence Nightingale’s nursing sisters, she travelled independently to Balaklava where she helped open the British Hotel halfway between the harbour and British Headquarters. It served as an officers’ club, a canteen for troops and a base for her nursing. She remained in the Crimea until July 1856, returning to England after financial difficulties. She was a familiar figure to British newspaper readers through the reports of William Howard Russell. Since the 1970s, the development of a Black and Asian historiography has given her a central place in black British history.

On display at the National Portrait Gallery, London

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