Ten years ago, Professor Dame Amanda Fisher, Director of the MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences (then Clinical Sciences Center), and Vivienne Parry OBE, science writer and broadcaster, concocted an idea to celebrate the contributions that women scientists have made to their fields, sometimes overlooked for the benefit of their male counterparts. With the endorsement of Dr Helen Pankhurst CBE, a women’s rights activist and great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst, they called the awards program Suffrage Science.
Their prizes were jewelry handcrafted by art students at Central Saint Martins-UAL, who worked with scientists to design pieces inspired by research and the suffragette movement. But rather than producing a new set of coins for the next awards, each holder chose who they wanted to pass on their award to, thus generating a vast “family tree” of incredible scientists and communicators.
As the relay continued, new branches of the Suffrage Science program were developed – the Engineering and Physical Sciences strand was founded in 2013, and the “Maths and Computer Science” strand followed in 2016. The Suffrage family Science now has 148…
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