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Women in Science

Prof. Louise Richardson, first woman Vice Chancellor of the University of Oxford, explains how important it is to learn more about women's experiences to help them realise their potential.

My name is Louise Richardson. I’m the Vice-Chancellor of the University and I have to say I’m simply delighted to endorse this film. I think it’s so important that we examine why it is that women are under-represented in science, especially in the senior levels of science.

I think we need to understand why women are under-represented beyond science too but this particular project is about women in science and I think it will be enormously helpful to young women as they contemplate careers in science.

I have a daughter who’s just started a PhD in science and I’m going to recommend that she watches this video.

I think it’s so interesting because of the range of experiences it represents. There isn’t a woman’s experience in science. I think we see from the range of experiences of these women that there are, they have differences between them and different experiences, some more positive than others. And I think it’s imperative that we dig deeper and learn more about the range of experiences so that we can understand better how we can make it easier for women to realise their potential in the sciences, how they can advance in their careers while also having a successful private and family life.

So I’m really delighted to see this project come to fruition and I hope as many people as possible watch it and enjoy it as much as I did.