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Eight UC San Diego Researchers Among ‘1,000 Best Female Scientists in the World’


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In 1870, a civil rights activist named Matilda Joselyn Gage wrote an essay called “Woman as Inventor,” decrying the fact that female scientists were unfairly overlooked, their contributions ignored or usurped by male counterparts.

In 1993, the science historian Margaret W. Rossiter coined the term “Matilda effect” to describe that phenomenon, largely unchanged 123 years later.

In an effort to address ongoing gender bias persistent in predominantly male science, the analytics platform recently published its inaugural ranking of the “1,000 Best Female Scientists in the World.”

Eight UC San Diego researchers made the list: Sonia Ancoli-Israel, Susan S. Taylor, Steffanie A. Strathdee, Marta Kutas, Susan F. Tapert, Andrea Z. LaCroix, Terry L. Jernigan and Irene Litvan.

Read more about the rankings, how they were created and the individual work of the UC San Diego recipients here.

— Scott LaFee