2018 Physics Nobel Prize Awards – Representation of Women in Sciences

Agnes Kovesdy

On October 2 of this year, Donna Strickland received the Nobel Prize in physics along with Arthur Ashkin and Gerard Mourou. She, along with Mourou, received the prize because of their creation of a new method for generating laser pulses with a much higher intensity than previously possible. Unfortunately, Strickland is only the third woman to ever receive a novel prize in Physics, despite the fact that, to date, there have been 210 recipients of the Physics Nobel Prize. Strickland is also the first woman to receive the award in 55 years. This brings light to the underrepresentation of women in the sciences; only about 20% of physics bachelor degrees are earned by women. But the gender inequality does not seem to phase Donna Strickland. She says, “I don’t see myself as a woman in science. I see myself as a scientist”.

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