Forces of Nature: Great historical women of physics

A new print-at-home poster series from the Perimeter Institute is breaking down gender barriers and celebrating the great women who changed science. It's time to talk about these women and share their stories. 

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In an industry often over-represented by men, the Perimeter Institute is doing its part to shed light on historical women in physics who have changed science with a collection of free print-at-home posters.

They may not be common household names, but we have these women to thank for significant scientific advancements from the creation of the first computer algorithm and stellar classification systems to the discovery of new elements, forces and building blocks of nature. And they did it all in the face of systematic and cultural barriers and gender discrimination that still exists today.

Ada Lovelace became known as the first computer programmer
The Perimeter Institute

The “Forces of Nature” poster series was designed to give these historical female figures the recognition they deserve and celebrate their contribution to science as we continue efforts to break down barriers for present and future female scientists.

The series features eye catching portraits of a number of women to be downloaded, printed and shared in classrooms, offices, homes, physics departments and more.

Those pictured include Marie Skłodowska Curie, winner of two Nobel prizes and one of the key founders of radioactivity theory; Chien-Shiung Wu, known as “The First Lady of Physics”; and Ada Lovelace who fought against discrimination to earn a PhD and share crucial discoveries in symmetry and conservation.

Find out more about their stories and download the posters on the Perimeter Institute website.

Sarah Condie is a freelance writer based in Melbourne.
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