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S         upporting Women






                        and Parents in


                        Scientific Careers
              Supporting Women and Parents in Scientific Careers



































              The Department of Chemistry and Somerville College joined forces this year with the aim of creating
                                                               Dorothy Hodgkin, alumna of Oxford Chemistry and
               The Department of Chemistry and Somerville College
                                                               Somerville College, was a pioneer of x-ray crystallography
               joined forces this year with the aim of creating a research
              a research fellowship for an outstanding chemist to return to research after a career break, and to
                                                               whose discoveries fundamentally shaped our
               fellowship for an outstanding chemist to return to research
              help solve the perennial problem of the ‘leaky pipeline’.   Although in recent years we have become
               after a career break, and to help solve the perennial
                                                               understanding of living organisms and supported the
              far more successful in encouraging girls and women to study science, there is a significant drop-off
                                                               growth of modern medicine.   In 1964 she won the only
               problem of the ‘leaky pipeline’.   Although in recent years
                                                               Nobel Prize for chemistry ever awarded to a British
               we have become far more successful in encouraging girls
              of women in science academia as seniority increases. This means that whilst 44% of doctoral
                                                               woman.  Hodgkin was not only an extraordinary scientist,
               and women to study science, there is a significant drop-off
              graduates in chemistry are female, only 24% of non-professorial academic staff and 8% of professors
               of women in science academia as seniority increases. This   but a teacher who led by example, an advocate for
              in chemistry are female.  Reports constantly cite a key problem: taking a career break.  Opportunities
                                                               social equality and the first woman to receive a form of
               means that whilst 44% of doctoral graduates in chemistry
                                                               maternity pay from the University of Oxford.  She also
               are female, only 24% of non-professorial academic staff
              to return to science academia are rare and in huge demand.
               and 8% of professors in chemistry are female.  Reports   donated some of her Nobel Prize money to set up the first
                                                               onsite nursery at Oxford.  By naming the fellowship after
               constantly cite a key problem: taking a career break.
              The Dorothy Hodgkin Project was launched in May with an ambitious social media and crowdfunding
               Opportunities to return to science academia are rare and in   Dorothy Hodgkin, we hope to honour her legacy, create
              campaign that to date has raised over £35000 of initial capital.  Our ultimate aim is to create an
               huge demand.
                                                               more opportunities for scientists to return to research,
                                                               and help encourage a shift in culture and policy.  We are
              endowed fellowship that will enable us to build a lasting stream of women returning to science.
               The Dorothy Hodgkin Project was launched in May with
               an ambitious social media and crowdfunding campaign   enormously grateful to all those who donated, signed up
                                                               as social media ambassadors, and generally helped spread
              Dorothy Hodgkin, alumna of Oxford Chemistry and Somerville College, was a pioneer of x-ray
               that to date has raised over £350,000 in cash and pledges
                                                               the word!
               representing over 70% of the overall target.  Our ultimate
              crystallography whose discoveries fundamentally shaped our understanding of living organisms and
               aim is to create an endowed fellowship that will enable us   If you would like to find out more about the project, please
              supported the growth of modern medicine.   In 1964 she won the only Nobel Prize for chemistry
                                                               contact susan.davis@chem.ox.ac.uk or
               to build a lasting stream of women returning to science.
              ever awarded to a British woman.  Hodgkin was not only an extraordinary scientist, but a teacher
                                                               brett.degaynesford@some.ox.ac.uk
              who led by example, an advocate for social equality and the first woman to receive a form of
              maternity pay from the University of Oxford.  She also donated some of her Nobel Prize money to
              set up the first onsite nursery at Oxford.  By naming the fellowship after Dorothy Hodgkin, we hope
              to honour her legacy, create more opportunities for scientists to return to research, and help    21
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              encourage a shift in culture and policy.  We are enormously grateful to all those who donated,
                                                            The Magazine of the Department of Chemistry
              signed up as social media ambassadors, and generally helped spread the word!  If you would like to
              find out more about the project, please visit https://dorothyhodgkinproject.com/
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