TED Talks: Giving Visibility to Women in Science

One of the main reasons why girls tend not to be drawn to science is the lack of female of role models, and the perception that scientific careers are for boys only. What best to break down these stereotypes than to hear women themselves talk about their experience as scientists? With TEDWomen 2015 Momentum having taken place last week, DiscovHER brings you some of the best TED Talks given by women in science, with the hope that by listening to their words more girls will dare to pursue careers in STEM!

Debbie Sterling: Inspiring the next generation of female engineers

Debbie Sterling is a female engineer and founder of GoldieBlox, a toy company out to inspire the next generation of female engineers. She has made it her mission in life to tackle the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and math.

Mae Jemison: Teach arts and sciences together

In 1992, Mae Jemison was the first African-American woman to go into space. She has made science education her fight, working towards a new vision of learning that combines arts and sciences, intuition and logic.

Jocelyn Bell Burnell: Reflections on women in science - diversity and discomfort

Jocelyn Bell Burnell is a Visiting Professor at Oxford University. She inadvertently discovered pulsars as a graduate student in radio astronomy in Cambridge, opening up a new branch of astrophysics, which earned her supervisor a Nobel Prize. Afterwards she has continued her career in many branches of astronomy, working part-time while raising a family.

Cathy Foley: What can women do for science?

Dr. Cathy Foley is the President of Science and Technology Australia and Chief of CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) Materials Science and Engineering. She is well-known for her interests in physics, science education, women in science, science in the media, and nuclear disarmament.

Sujatha Ramdorai: Falling in love with maths and science

Prof. Sujatha Ramdorai is an Indian mathematician currently associated with the University of British Columbia, Canada. She is also a professor in the School of Mathematics at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, in Mumbai. Prof. Sujatha is an internationally reputed algebraic number theorist whose work on Iwasawa Theory is widely respected.

Did you find these women scientists inspirational? Here’s to hoping that by giving a voice to more women like Debbie, Mae, Jocelyn, Cathy and Sunjatha, TED will contribute to changing the face of science! Share your favorite TED Talks with @4womeninscience.

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