Women in science

If one isn’t a woman, then at least they have a special connection to a woman. As civilizations burgeoned to become more sophisticated, the practice sidelining of women in areas crucial to maintaining and perpetuating the goals of earlier patriarchal civilizations became untenable. And increasingly, the role of women in areas of science became increasingly pivotal and would peak in the times of the liberalization of education, and with the increasing diversification of gender roles in the modern times. The roles of women in society are numerous and quite significant, we celebrate the work and contribution of women throughout contemporary history.

Marie Curie, May-Britt Moser, and Elizabeth H. Blackburn are examples of women who are Noble laureates and have been recognized for their remarkable contributions in the field of science and medicine. Marie Curie was a chemist and physicist who pioneered the research on radioactivity, Mary-Britt Moser who excelled in the field on Psychology and Neuroscience and Elizabeth H. Blackburn for her contributions to physiology. Even so much more than the women we celebrate by virtue of success in winning world acclaimed prizes, there have been a remarkable number of women who have contributed to medicine even only through its practice.  Forty women have been awarded the Noble prize between 1901 and 2010.

Women in the field of medicine have been recorded even by the earliest known civilizations. In ancient Egypt, Merit-Ptah (cc 2700) was described as “Chief physician” and is the earliest known female scientist named in the history of science.

Women in health are found in the various divisions each of which has commendable contributions to the health sector as a whole, whether as Physicians, Nurses, Pharmacists, Radiologists, Midwives and so many others. These are of considerable number in today’s labor force with more and more enrolling for science based programs.

More central to Uganda and maternal health, a country where the majority of new born deaths are due to preventable circumstances that can be mitigated by the access to midwives, whom for a large part and the longest time are female. The relentless services that have been rendered by the mid-wives in Uganda’s health sector are quite remarkable even under the strenuous working conditions they’re exposed to; the fall in maternal mortality rate over the past decade has been attributed to the presence of these skilled birth attendants. There are more women delivering with the help of a midwife where seven out of ten women deliver with assistance from a skilled birth attendant, mainly a midwife. We celebrate these women in health for their unwavering services and their commitment to improving the human condition.

Above all, we commemorate this beautiful day for all women.

Happy Women’s day

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