Association for Women in Science Applauds Nobel Laureates

October 9, 2023

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Association for Women in Science Applauds Nobel Laureates

WASHINGTON DC, October 9, 2023 – The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) applauds the 2023 Nobel Laureates. Three of the ten STEM Laureates this year were women which is on par with the percentage of women in STEM occupations.  

Meredith Gibson, AWIS CEO, stated, “We are pleased to see women receiving recognition by the Nobel Prize committees. These awards shine a well-deserved spotlight on their careers, but more importantly they help break gender stereotypes and provide important role models for future generations. Diversity in STEM will fuel future advancements that benefit society.”

Dr. Katalin Karikó, Adjunct Professor of Neurosurgery at University of Pennsylvania and former Senior Vice President RNA Protein Replacement Therapies at BioNTech, and Dr. Drew Weissman received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine “for their discoveries concerning nucleoside base modifications that enabled the development of effective mRNA vaccines against COVID-19.”

Dr. Anne L’Huillier, Professor of Physics at Lund University, received the Nobel Prize in Physics along with Drs. Pierre Agostini and Ferenc Krausz “for experimental methods that generate attosecond pulses of light for the study of electron dynamics in matter.”

Dr. Claudia Goldin, Henry Lee Professor of Economics at Harvard University, received the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences “for having advanced our understanding of women’s labor market outcomes.”

Women face greater barriers for entering, staying, and succeeding in STEM than their male counterparts due to harassment, unconscious gender bias, and/or caregiving responsibilities. These challenges are compounded for women of color, women with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ+ community.

“We applaud these women Laureates and the Nobel committees for recognizing their contributions,” said Gibson. “We encourage the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the Nobel Assembly at the Karolinska Institute to continue to address biases and blind spots so that people of color and members of other historically excluded communities are similarly acknowledged.”

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About AWIS: Founded in 1971, AWIS has been the leading advocate for women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to achieve business growth, social change, and innovation. We are dedicated to driving excellence in STEM by achieving equity and full participation of women in all disciplines and across all employment sectors. In addition to scholarships, AWIS provides career resources, professional development, as well as networking, mentoring, and volunteer opportunities to build leadership skills. To learn more, visit awis.org and @AWISNational.