One Solution to Make Women Scientists More Visible

April 20, 2017

Put them on posters.

This Earth Day, scientists, educators, and concerned citizens will gather in Washington, D.C., and across the country to march in defense of science—and everything that depends on it. Should we expect the March for Science protestors to pack city streets like the Women’s March? Perhaps. After all, women have plenty of reasons to be concerned about the future of science in this country.

Women’s representation is increasingly critical in science and technology—fields that have essential impacts on women’s health, environment, and ability to effect change. And yet, despite accounting for 47 percent of graduate-school enrollment in science and engineering in 2003, women made up just 29 percent of the science and engineering workforce in 2013, according to the National Science Foundation.

One former researcher is trying to change that by increasing the visibility of women’s contributions to science. Her medium? Illustrated posters.