Media criticism continues over lack of female Nobel Prize winners

There has been continued media criticism of the lack of female Nobel Prize winners.
By Jose Jefferies | Oct 04, 2016
There has been continued media criticism of thelack of female Nobel Prize winners.

The Huffigton Post,FiveThirtyEight,Al Jazeera America, and theTelegraph have all spoken out about a lack of diversity in whom the Nobel committeeis choosing as recipients of their awards.

"Of the 198 people who have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics, just two have been women," read an online article from CNN. The two women were Maria Goeppert-Mayer in 1963 for her work in discovering nuclear shell structure and Marie Curie in 1903 in Physics and 1911 in Chemistry.

AIN Scitation pointed out an article written approximately a quarter century ago that spoke on the plight of women scientists in the male dominated field.

"Recent work has brought to light so many cases, historical and contemporary, of women scientists who have been ignored, denied credit or otherwise dropped from sight that a sex-linked phenomenon seems to exist," read the article, titledThe Matilda Effect.

The media attention surrounding the modernity of such a dynamic in science has grown ever since the announcement of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics going to a trio of men.

Professor of physics at Lewis and Clark College, Ethan Siegel, commented on the state of diversity in the Nobel Prize recipients in a Forbes.com contribution.

"[2016 is] the 53rd consecutive year that women have been shut out," wrote Siegel, who is a regular contributor to Forbes.com.

"Are the Nobel Prizes missing female scientists?" read a headline from Space.com complement,Live Science

 

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