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Women Physiologists

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 30 April 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1173
  1. Marianne Thoresen

    Ed Lynn Bindman, Alison Brading, Tilli Tansey Portland Press, pounds sterling 9.99, pp 164 ISBN 1-85578-049-6

    Is success in a lifetime of science harder for women than for men? Women were first allowed to be members of the Physiological Society in 1915. Women Physiologists, as a celebration of the 75th anniversary of this breakthrough, examines the contributions and lives of 18 of the most outstanding British women physiologists. Six of them became fellows of the Royal Society (Janet Vaughan, Marthe Vogt, Edith Bullbring, Mary Pickford, Jean Hanson, and Elsie Widdowson) and three of them achieved the title “dame” (Harriette Chick, Janet Vaughan, and Sheila Sherlock). What barriers did they have to overcome to pursue their careers? Was it more difficult for women to reach scientific success then than it is now?

    Five of them received financial backing from their families and most of them …

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