2017 Student Research Conference:
30th Annual Student Research Conference

Sexism and Women Scientists

Stephanie M. McDonald
Dr. Hena Ahmad, Faculty Mentor

This essay examines the lives of women scientists and describes the ways that they experienced sexism throughout their careers and compares these women’s careers to today’s scientists. Many women did not receive equal representation despite their contributions to the numerous fields of science. Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, Esther Lederberg, and others made extraordinarily advanced scientific discoveries and did not receive credit for their discoveries until recently. Women within history found that their colleagues cared more about their own fame than the visibility of the ultimate disrespect of the females in their lives. The hardships that their careers faced can be examined in today’s work in the scientific fields. This does not portray how other genders, such as transgender and agender, gained hardships in their scientific studies. In this essay the word “women” refers to any persons that identify as women.

Keywords: Sexism, Science, Women, Scientists


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 201-1
Location: MG 1000
Time: 9:30

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