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  • Published Date: 02 May 2011
  • Source / Publisher: Chemistry - A European Journal/Wiley-VCH
  • Copyright: WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim
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In the International Year of Chemistry 2011 two of the key aims are to celebrate the contributions of women to chemistry and to encourage an interest in chemistry among young people.

Chemistry—A European Journal is celebrating the IYC 2011 with a Special Issue on Women in Chemistry. In her Editorial, the Deputy Editor Anne Deveson gives an historical overview on women in chemistry. She starts with the first mention of a woman with any sort of connection to chemistry—recorded on a clay tablet, dating about 2000 BC—Tapputi-Belatekallim, a Babylonian perfumer.

Coming to today’s chemists, Anne Deveson introduces us to the editorial office of Chemistry—A European Journal in Weinheim, Germany. 10 out of 11 editors, who have all studied chemistry, are female (see picture).

From left to right: Jessica Nilsson, Francesca Novara, Karen Hindson, Katja Glatz, Rachel McGlue, Anne Deveson, Elisabeth von Roedern, Susan Wilkinson, Heulwen Prince, Vicky Barton.

And last but by no means least, some of the journals authors and Editorial Board members were asked to give some of their thoughts on what led them to study chemistry, what inspired them about the subject, and the position that women hold in the field today. Julia Weinstein, University of Sheffield, UK, Zhen Shen, Nanjing University, China, Sally Brooker, Otago University, New Zealand, and Irina Beletskaya, Moscow State University, Russia, are interviewed.

For some other perspectives on women in chemistry, see:

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