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Women in science

For much of human history, women were officially excluded from the scientific realm. However, in spite of their invisibility in the history narrative, this did not mean that science was exclusively a man's world. Many women, throughout the centuries, have managed to overcome their marginalisation and excel in their chosen field, making vital contributions to the sum of human knowledge.

With this series the European Commission would like to celebrate European women scientists throughout the ages. It tells the compelling stories of some of the heroines of European science – some sung but many unsung – and, through their narratives, it enriches and completes the history of scientific knowledge by highlighting its female face.

Stories are displayed from the most recent published to the oldest.

This series was produced by the European Commission.

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Hypatia of Alexandria
Hildegard von Bingen
Lady Margaret Cavendish
Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Piscopia
Maria Sibylla Merian
Maria Margarethe Winkelmann-Kirch
Émilie du Châtelet
Laura Maria Caterina Bassi
Maria Gaetana Agnesi
Caroline Herschel
Marie-Sophie Germain
Mary Somerville
Jeanne Villepreux-Power
Ada Lovelace (Lady Byron)
Eleanor Ormerod
Clémence Augustine Royer
Agnes Mary Clerke
Elizaveta Federovna Litvinova
Iulia Lermontova
Sofia Kovalevskaya
Hertha Marks Ayrton
Marie Curie-Skłodowska
Kristine Bonnevie
Tatyana Ehrenfest-Afanassyeva
Lise Meitner
Gertrud Jan Woker
Ellen Gleditsch
Emmy Noether
Johanna Westerdijk
Agnes Sjöberg
Paula Hertwig
Gerty Radnitz Cori
Irène Joliot-Curie
Elizaveta Karamihailova
Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin
Elise Käer-Kingisepp
Rózsa Péter
Maria Goeppert-Mayer
Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin
Rosalind Franklin