Professor Dame Sally Macintyre, Director of the Institute of Health and Wellbeing, receives Suffrage Science award.
posted on: Mar 11, 2013
On International Women’s Day (March 8th 2013) Sally Macintyre was one of 12 female scientists in the fields of engineering, physical sciences, and medicine recognised at a ceremony in London. Descendants of suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst, great-granddaughter Helen and her daughter Laura, awarded the women bespoke heirloom jewellery, reminiscent of the specially crafted jewellery received by noted women of the suffrage movement.
Bringing together the arts and the sciences, the heirloom jewellery was designed by students at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. The designs were showcased at a pop-up exhibition during the event, which also launched the publication Suffrage Science: 2013, comprising interviews with the nominated women scientists, who represent those who are at the forefront of science today. Science writer and broadcaster, Vivienne Parry, who conceived of the heirloom jewellery scheme, hosted a debate on whether Nobel prize-winning physicist Marie Curie would have made it as a woman in science today.
As Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England, commented at the inaugural launch of Suffrage Science: “A successful career in science is always demanding of intellect, hard work and resilience; only more so for most women”.
In 2015 these 12 women will pass on their heirloom jewellery to the next group of excellent female scientists and communicators, in a bid to encourage them to make their way to the top. Recent reports suggest men are six times more likely than women to work in science, engineering or technology. The tradition of passing on the heirlooms aims to promote a future in which more women stay in science and pursue leadership roles.