Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Female Pioneers Who Changed STEM Forever

Yea for women’s colleges . . . here’s yet another powerful story of the connection between women’s college and STEM career success  . . . meet Rosalyn Sussman Yalow (her married name) and Gertrude Elion trailblazers in medical research. “Yalow helped develop a technique called radioimmunoassay, a highly sensitive method for measuring hormone levels in-vitro, and Elion developed many new drugs, including the precursor to the first drug to treat AIDS, AZT. They are two of only 10 women to ever win the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.”

Pretty impressive wouldn’t you say?

The women’s college they both attended was Hunter College (graduating 4 years apart). Unfortunately Hunter is no longer a women’s college.

This blog post answers the question, “How did two daughters of New York immigrants enter a male-dominated field in the 1940s and go on to win the Nobel Prize?”

Continue reading "The Female Pioneers Who Changed STEM Forever" here.

And the really good news is that women’s colleges still are fantastic colleges for young women interested in a STEM career. The connection continues, check out this story, STEM Women Thrive at Women’s Colleges.

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