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SCIENCE OXFORD celebrates unsung Super HERoines of science

Friday 11th May 2018

Have you been inspired by an unsung Super HERoine who has invented, innovated, created or achieved something special in science, technology, engineering and technology (STEM)? Can you tell us ‘HERstory’ in 100 words?

Join Science Oxford’s project to capture the stories of women in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire who have made an impact on the world of STEM. HERStory is part of a nationwide campaign that is giving a voice to the achievements of women past and present, as part of a year of celebrations to mark the centenary of Votes for Women.

Shout about it! From pioneers such as Ada Lovelace, who in 1842 designed the world’s first computer, to scientists likes Rosalind Franklin and Dorothy Hodgkin – women have always been behind – and in front of – major STEM advances around the world. But what about the women we don’t get to hear about?

Tell us about a woman that you admire for the part she has played in STEM. Perhaps your mum or aunty work as a biochemist or mechanical engineer, or your sister or friend is ‘making waves’ as a sound or lighting designer? Can you name a science teacher at school who inspired you to become a scientist? Here’s your chance to tell a new story of STEM women.

Selected stories will be part of a Wall of Super HERoes displayed in our new MakeOxford space at the Oxford Centre of Innovation, alongside banners created by young people from our Maker Club for the 14-18-Now ‘Processions’ living artwork celebration on 10th June organised by cultural organisation, Artichoke.

Tell us now – email us [email protected] in up to 100 words #HERstory

The deadline for entries is Monday 2nd July 2018

You can also Tweet / Facebook / Instagram us @scienceoxford #STEMHERSTORY #HERSTORY

Visit to find out more about the inspirational women who have inspired some of our staff.

“It’s not that women aren’t making major waves in STEM fields, the problem is a lack of air coverage and mainstream visibility. The opportunity is to make more of these women household names like Einstein, Steve Jobs, Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, and Bill Nye. We need to tell HERstory much better. “ Huffington Post, 2017 ‘STEM HerStory’

Image credit: Photo of Emmeline Pankhurst courtesy of The Women’s Library @ LSE. Image design by Grey London


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