South African Young Academy of Science

Female scientists are taking up space and cementing themselves

Female scientists are taking up space and cementing themselves
March 5, 2020 Sinenhlanhla Sikhosana
What does a scientist nowadays look like? When the word ‘scientist’ is mentioned, what image is painted in your mind? Is there a particular gender that comes to mind? Colour? If you referenced famous sci-fi blockbusters I’m certain you would conclude that scientists are white men with crazy hair. Unfortunately, this imagery traverses to reality…