Since the Nobel Prizes were established in 1901, more than 860 people and organizations have been awarded a Nobel Prize. Yet, just 44 of those prizes have gone to women. Many experts say a history of discrimination in the sciences is likely the cause.
By encouraging people to talk about the achievements of women whom they admire in science, technology, engineering and maths, we can create new role models for girls and women involved in these traditionally male-dominated areas
Nobody who is familiar with the literature on this will be surprised, but it's good to accumulate new evidence and also to keep the issue in the public eye: academic scientists are, on average, biased against women.
Under-representation of women at higher levels of faculty in the biomedical sciences has long been noted. However, less is known about disparities in important indicators of research success that might partly account for such differences, such as success in obtaining funding.