From Scientific Bombshells to Scientific Breakthroughs: Women are in the Lead

The Golden Age of Hollywood, Louis B. Mayer, then General manager of In one of his films, MGM described “gorgeous young female actress” as “the most beautiful woman in the world.” It was in 1933 that women were considered beautiful, stupid, or bright and unattractive, but never beautiful and bright. However, the movie star Hedy Lamarr (later known as Hedy Lamarr), born in Austria, was unusual. She was dazzlingly beautiful and “was a genius … a math genius. She was good at science.” Not only has Hedy become a major Hollywood star, but her name has become one of the most important patents ever granted by the US Patent Office. The frequency switching technology she developed is the basis of wireless communication used in mobile phones and ultra-fast wireless Internet access. Basically, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are derived from Hedy.

It wasn’t until 2017 that her story was made into an award-winning movie, bomb: Hedy Lamarr Story, Her achievements were revealed.

Fast forward to 2021. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been at the forefront of a series of scientific advances in medicine, public health and space exploration, and women have played outstanding leadership roles in all of these areas. How does this positive attention affect how young people, especially young girls in the formation, see scientists?

Much attention has been paid to the negative effects of pandemics on education, socialization and mental health. However, it has potential positive effects, especially for girls. Advances in science during this period have received welcoming attention to women’s contributions to science that have the potential to broaden the horizons of all girls.

Consider some of the major businesses at NIH, CDC, and NASA.

National Institute of Health:

The front and center are developing vaccines to protect against COVID-19. Key researchers at the NIH Vaccine Center said the key to their life-saving mission was “a 34-year-old doctor. Dr. Kizmekia Corbett.. “Dr. Corbett, a black female scientist, led a team of researchers working on the Covid-19 vaccine at NIH, according to Dr. Anthony Fouch, director of the National Institute for Allergic Infectious Diseases. , “The vaccine you are taking was developed by an African-American woman, and that is true.”

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

In January 2021, President Biden Dr. Rochelle P. Wallensky, The 19th director of MD, MPH, CDC and the 9th administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). She’s been regularly featured in pandemic television coverage and many public health updates, so she’s quickly becoming a familiar face to all of us.


NASA has several missions to oversee space exploration and research. Two missions, Mars and Jupiter, are attracting international attention. These missions will dramatically enhance our understanding of the planetary system and lead to further space exploration.

Women play an outstanding leadership role in each. actual, For the first time in NASA history“Women are in charge of three of the agency’s four science departments … Earth Sciences, Heliophysics, and Planetary Sciences.” NASA’s rover operator Van Diverma said of the latest Mars mission. We hope that women’s prominence in the world will “inspire a new generation to pursue careers in areas traditionally dominated by men.” Her colleague Swati Mohan was talked about around the world when she narrated the Perseverance Rover’s nail-piercing landing on the red planet after a dangerous descent into the atmosphere of Mars. became. Millions of viewers on the planet have heard female voices announcing “touchdown confirmed!”. When the control room cheers.

After that, Berma told the Thomson Reuters Foundation: People’s awareness of who can be a space engineer was opened. ”

Given that science is crucial to our future economy, it is important to challenge outdated gender stereotypes. We hope that the dominant role of female scientists during the pandemic will provide sufficient impetus to overturn outdated ideas.

About the author: Dr. Rosalind C. Burnett is a senior scholar at Wellesley College and Caryl Rivers is a professor of journalism at Boston University.They are the authors of New soft war against women.. (Turcher / Penguins.)

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