Women's History Month

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Celebrating Women in the Physical Sciences
Media Credits: Illustration by Abigail Malate, American Institute of Physics

Women have always been essential and vital to the physical sciences, and they have helped to mold our fields from the very beginning. The work of luminaries such as Marie Curie, Lisa Meitner, Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Chien-Shiung Wu, and countless other women have formed foundational knowledge that continues to drive our understanding of the universe forward and advance the collective scholarship of our fields.

Despite this, in 2020, the Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to the fourth woman ever, Andrea Ghez, for her role in discovering a supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way. The other three women who have received a Nobel Prize in Physics since its inception in 1901 have been Donna Strickland (2018), Maria Goeppert Mayer (1963), and Marie Curie (1903). 

We can do better.

During March, AIP is committed to highlighting resources and materials that celebrate the accomplishments of women in science. We want to elevate their experiences, and we hope to inform and inspire in the process. Be sure to follow our social channels, @AIP_HQ, @AIP_TEAMUP, @Michael_AIP, @AIP_Library, @AIP_History, @SPSNational, @AIP_Stats, @PhysicsToday, and join in on the conversation.