Infographic | Women and girls who kicked it in science

11 February, 2023
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No more impostor syndrome: more women and girls in science!

We applaud and value all those female scientists, investigators, leaders and inventors who, swimming against the current, are (and were) able to push the frontiers of science and cleverly solve daily as well as complex problems.

Today is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. However, it is also Inventors’ Day in the United States of America.
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What better way to celebrate this powerful pair than by mentioning the top scientific inventions done by women and girls? Here we go.

Gintanjali Rao

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Tethys: Device to detect lead in water

From Michigan, 11 year old Rao invented a device that, through carbon nanotubes, measures the amount of lead in the water people drink.

Gloria Recinos

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From Guatemala, this young girl has made, at 17, various contributions to science, among them:

  • A prototype for a rescue car that have been trapped under a collapsed structure.
  • A technological walking stick for people impaired of vision that has a distance sensor to prevent them from crashing into objects and people in a public space.

Lydia Denton

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Alert for high temperatures on cars

With 12 years old, Denton invented a car seat device that measures the car’s temperature and alerts the owner when the temperature surpasses 39° C, protecting the lives of babies, kids, elderly people and dogs.

Gertrude B. Elion

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American biochemist and pharmacologist. She invented:

  • A drug to fight leukemia: 6 - mercaptopurine.
  • The first immunosuppressive drug that helps fight the rejection of kidney transplants.
  • The first successful antiviral drug to combat herpes: acyclovir.

Barbara Askins

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American chemist

Askins invented a method to enhance under-exposed photographic negatives.

She was the first woman to be named, independently, Inventor of the Year (1978). Her method was used later by the NASA.

Natalia Gómez Ospina

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Colombian physician-scientist

At Stanford Bio-X, she has been involved in the development of a portable ammonia detector, a sensor for patients to test the ammonia levels in their blood at home.

Happy International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Happy day to all inventors out there!

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