The Untold Stories of Jewish Women in the Sciences
There is no denying that gender, religion, and ethnicity have had a major impact on the careers and legacies of pioneering scientists, including Jewish women who have felt the strain of these limitations and been under-recognized by the scientific establishment despite significant accomplishments. Just a few examples include Rita Levi-Montalcini, an Italian Jew who made important discoveries about the nervous and immune systems; Esther Lederberg, who found new methods and results in microbial genetics in the U.S.; and Ora Kedem, who was a distinguished inventor of desalination membranes and helped to develop Israeli high-tech. This talk will explore how these and other Jewish women changed the face of science, technology, engineering, and math, despite significant barriers of opportunity and recognition.
Pnina G. Abir-Am
Pnina G. Abir-Am is a resident scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center (WSRC) at Brandeis University. She has studied science and the history, philosophy, and social policy of science throughout her academic career, and has published widely in the history of science, including on science funding and policy, molecular biology, women in science, and public memory.
Also cosponsored by Penn's Department of History and Sociology of Science.