Recognizing and fostering the contributions of women in science
Just as the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation has identified large gender gaps in patenting among scientists in biotechnology and the life sciences, the Rosalind Franklin Society—the only professional society that exists to advance recognition of women’s scientific contributions in the life sciences—has identified large gaps in the number of nominations and universally prestigious awards that reflect the contributions, efforts, and talents of women scientists.
The Kauffman Foundation, one of the Rosalind Franklin Society’s funders, provided a grant supporting the Society’s mission, including implementation of its action agenda. The grant will assist in bringing together life sciences leaders—both male and female—to help women scientists achieve their greatest potential in research leading to new therapies, applications, and cures, and to help ensure that women obtain the opportunity, advancement, recognition, and influence they deserve in academia, industry, and government.
The interdisciplinary, international Rosalind Franklin Society
honors the under-recognized achievements of Rosalind Franklin (1920-1958), a British x-ray crystallographer whose work producing x-ray images of DNA was crucial in the discovery of its structure. To celebrate the life, work, and symbolic power of this remarkable heroine of science, the Society recognizes, showcases, and supports the accomplishments and careers of women in the life sciences and affiliated disciplines.