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Women in Science - British Science Week

International Women's Day 2020

To celebrate British Science Week, we’ve created these three classroom posters depicting three of the most influential women in STEM. Download these posters and display them in your classroom to encourage more girls to consider a career in STEM.

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Who do the posters feature?

Marie Curie

The famous physicist is best remembered for her discovery of polonium and radium.

She was also the first woman to win a Nobel prize, the first person to win the Nobel prize twice and, to date, is still the only person to have won the Nobel prize in two different scientific fields.

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson was England’s first female doctor and, later in life, also became England’s first female mayor!

When she first obtained her license to practise medicine from the Society of Apothecaries, the society immediately amended its regulations to prevent other women repeating her achievement.

And as a woman, Garrett Anderson was unable to take up a post in any established hospital – so she founded her own practice!

Grace Hopper

Grace Hopper was a pioneer of computer programming – in fact, she is considered one of the first three computer ‘programmers’.

She believed that a programming language based on English was possible, and this led to the development of the COBOL (short for ‘common business-oriented language’) programming language, which is still in use today.

She was also a rear admiral in the United States Navy and received more than 40 honorary degrees during her lifetime.

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