Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Women in Science
The phrase ‘the glass ceiling’ is commonly associated with an invisible barrier that historically prevented a certain demographic from rising past a certain level in a given field. For women wanting to achieve high positions of authority in specific fields, this metaphor was particularly relevant. One such field was the study of science.
At the turn of the twentieth century, the study of science was a world dominated almost-completely by men. Yet with the rise of Marie Curie, the first person in history to win two Nobel prizes, women slowly started to break this glass ceiling and become more involved in various aspects of science.
Since Marie won her first Nobel Prize in 1901, seventeen women have been awarded the Nobel Prize in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine.
In this episode, Professor of Physics Professor Val Gibson, Historian of Science Dr Patricia Fara and Fellow of Physics Dr Sarah Williams – from the University of Cambridge – discuss the historical role of women in science and how that is changing. They also offer advice for any young, budding women scientists and the key role they will play in making new, ground-breaking discoveries.
This History Hit TV Original was created in association with Gravity Fields Festival 2018. The episode was presented by British playwright Louise Page and filmed on 27 September 2018 at the Gravity Fields Festival in Grantham.Duration: 53 Min