International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

To mark the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we are highlighting inspirational disabled women who have worked and still work within the science industry.

Read our blog to discover more about four powerful women scientists, their disabilities, and how they have achieved their successes!

1. Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin is an American scientist, and an autism advocate, who is best known for her work in animal behaviour.  

Temple was born with autism and uses her own lived experience to help others who are also on the autism spectrum. Temple works with schools to make sure that students with autism are getting the support they need to succeed, and to inspire the next generation of scientist. Temple has written several books about autism which you can purchase online.

Source: Temple Grandin – Wikipedia

2. Sara Rankin 

Sara Rankin is an English scientist and is best known for her research in stem cell biology. Her research focuses on the use of stem cells from bone marrow, to treat heart disease or injured bones. 

Sara was born with dyslexia and a coordination disorder, which made it challenging for her to read and write. Despite facing some challenges, Sara has became a successful scientist. Sara’s testament is “Even if you have a learning disability, you can still go on to do great things.”

Source: Sara Rankin – Scientists with disabilities | Royal Society

3. Farida Bedwei

Farida Bedwei is a software engineer who was born in Nigeria. Farida was born with cerebral palsy but says it has helped her to become humble and patient and is no obstacle in reaching her goals. 

Farida works as an engineer has had a huge positive impact on Ghana’s banking industry, creating various apps and websites for the fin-tech industry. She also created a Cerebral Palsy superhero, named Karmzah, who gets her power from her crutches that she needs to use and features in a series of comic books!

Source: Farida Bedwei – Wikipedia

 4. Caroline M. Solomon

Caroline M. Solomon is an American scientist. Caroline lost her hearing when she was younger, however this didn’t stop her from achieving her dreams. Caroline studied at Harvard, and later developed a system that uses American Sign Language to explain scientific terms. Caroline’s system has helped to inspire many deaf students achieve their goals and pursue careers in the science industry.

Source: Caroline M. Solomon – Wikiwand

We hope this list of influential scientists have inspired you. Anything is possible! 

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