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The loss of talented women must be stopped.

There is a concrete way to have an immediate impact, by coming together to create a Career Development Fellowship for scientists returning to research after a career break.  This is, after all, what women scientists say they need .

While we are getting much better at encouraging girls and women to study science, the number of women scientists in senior and leadership positions is still very low, which is hurting our ability to tackle the world's most pressing problems.

So why does the 'leaky pipeline' continue, despite a decade of policy measures, programming and funding?!

One key issue is cited in reports all over the world: taking a career break, usually to start a family. Opportunities for women to return to science academia after a break are rare and in huge demand.

This Fellowship is also setting an example, in the spirit of Somerville College's long tradition of pioneering unusual solutions to problems and including the excluded.  These posts should be available in all departments, in all universities .

Why Name it For Dorothy Hodgkin?

Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin was a pioneer of x-ray crystallography. The technique she helped develop has contributed to 28 Nobel Prizes won by 48 Laureates and counting.  Her discoveries helped revolutionise biochemistry, fundamentally shaping our understanding of living organisms and supporting the growth of modern medicine.

Hodgkin was a Fellow of Somerville College and a member of the Oxford Chemistry Department, which have partnered together to spearhead this initiative. Hodgkin was the first woman at Oxford to receive a form of maternity pay; she went on to fight for similar support for women in her lab. Hodgkin also saw a clear need for childcare within the College, and gave part of her Nobel Prize winnings to Somerville to help set up the College's nursery. To find out more about her, go here .

what's the plan?

The first step is to fund a five-year research post, including modest lab costs.  The project will also fund a Stipendiary Lecturer, a second individual to cover teaching, freeing the Fellow to concentrate on research.

We know that getting an excellent researcher in place will demonstrate what we wish to achieve, the type of person we want to help and the widespread support there is for women in science.

Our ultimate aim is to continue working towards endowing this project at a cost of £2.5 million, to build a lasting pipeline of women returning to science and to honour Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin's legacy in perpetuity.

Find us here.

Let's connect on Twitter!  Housewife wins Nobel @hwifenobel serves as a reminder of the infamously unsuitable headlines that announced Hodgkin's Nobel Prize, and that all too frequently recur when the achievements of extraordinary women are announced.  We want to connect with everyone who cares about women and diversity in science and helps us spread the word. Follow us here for updates!

If you have any questions at all, please contact us at dorothyhodgkinproject@some.ox.ac.uk .

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We now have a fantastic NEW CHALLENGE!

If you make a gift to our crowdfunding campaign today, you can help unlock a phenomenal £25k in support from generous donors Sybella Stanley and Paul Zisman. AND gifts are still being matched! We need 25 donors to make a gift in the next 48 hours!

We urgently need your help. Please make your gift today and share this project with your friends and colleagues. Don’t miss this opportunity to make a difference by showing widespread support for the changes we need. The more people who support us, the bigger the story, the bigger the impact.

Also our other generous challenge put forward by an anonymous donor is still ongoing! They will make a gift of £5 for every ambassador that signs up to help share this important project. A FURTHER £5 donation will be made for each gift our ambassadors inspire.

Challenges are a powerful and fun way to get people excited and involved. If you would like to talk to the team about setting your own challenge, then please get in contact with Brett de Gaynesford at brett.degaynesford@some.ox.ac.uk.

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