Celebrating the Women Breaking Barriers in the Sciences

Mar 28, 2019


In anticipation of Women’s History Month, Nobel Media partnered with Microsoft to highlight the achievements of women who broke new ground in physics, chemistry, and medicine. The result, Women who changed science, is a unique web experience that trains a lens on the inspiring journeys and contributions of female Nobel Prize winners. In a world where 64% of American girls and women can’t name another woman in the sciences, Nobel Media and Microsoft aim to inspire young women across the world to be the groundbreakers of tomorrow.

Women who changed science launched Friday, March 8 on International Women’s Day. Using Microsoft AI technology to analyze and surface connections between each story, the digital site weaves together the biographies of these pioneers through images, archival video footage, and their own words. Engage with luminaries like Marie Curie, who harnessed the promise of radioactivity, Rita Levi-Montalcini, who redefined how our bodies work, and Tu Youyou, whose breakthrough malaria treatment has saved millions throughout the world. 

Microsoft and Nobel Media have teamed up to spotlight these trailblazers through a multimedia online platform built with Azure Cognitive Services APIs. The AI-powered website provides a framework for dynamic storytelling within the web experience — enhancing our understanding of each prizewinning discovery and providing a gateway for deeper inquiry into the greater Nobel archive.

Women who changed science brings to life the unique contributions of each laureate while exploring the interconnecting lineage of women in the sciences. Raising awareness of their tremendous impact, the collaboration aims to empower the next generation of scientists.

This unique collaboration with Nobel Media is one of Microsoft’s ongoing initiatives to build inclusion in STEM fields. Microsoft believes that nurturing diverse viewpoints and creating opportunities for everyone to experiment with technology incites innovation and sparks breakthroughs. Women who changed science transforms not only how we experience the odds-defying stories of grit behind the prizewinning discoveries of these laureates, but also emboldens the next generation of young women to change our world.


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