Annual Reviews celebrates Woman in Science

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In support of the UN’s 3rd International Day of Women and Girls in Science on February 11, Annual Reviews recognizes the experts who have contributed invaluably to their fields and our journals over the years. The pioneering women featured in this special article collection are ground- breaking leaders of their disciplines and advocates for the advancement of science. The women below represent a small selection of world-renowned scholars who have contributed to Annual Reviews over the years as Authors, condensing vast amounts of literature across biomedical, life, physical, and social sciences into highly cited reviews, and as Editors. Their articles continue to serve as resources for today’s scientists, shaping future discoveries.

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From conducting secret lab experiments while hiding from racial persecution during World War II, to holding senior positions at world research institutes, experts in biomedical science, including Nobel Laureate Rita Levi-Montalcini, reflect on diverse lives and careers in neuroscience, genetics, and pathology.

“Developmental Neurobiology and the Natural History of Nerve Growth Factor”, Rita Levi-Montalcini

Explore our collection of articles from pioneering women in the Biomedical Sciences.


Renowned voices in the biochemistry, biophysics, and entomology disciplines are featured for their significant influence, including Ada Yonath, the first Israeli woman to win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (2009), and May Berenbaum, who edited the Annual Review of Entomology for 21 years.

“A Bright Future for Antibiotics?”, Ada Yonath

Explore our collection of articles from celebrated women in the Life Sciences.


Our notable physical scientists include “the queen of carbon science,” Mildred Dresselhaus, who reflected on a long, successful career motivated by “just enjoying [her] science”1. This collection also features geoscientist and Co-Editor of the Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Katherine H. Freeman, as well as Lisa Kaltenegger, an accomplished astronomer searching for planets that could sustain life.

“How to Characterize Habitable Worlds and Signs of Life”, Lisa Kaltenegger

Explore our collection of articles from pioneering women in the Physical Sciences.

1Mildred Dresselhaus, in an interview after receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom.


Social scientists in our collection explore diverse themes including the role of gender in society; understanding evolution; economics; and political trustworthiness. Our selected experts actively support women in society and science, and their work has had a real-world impact in influencing policy. For example, author Elizabeth Loftus’s work on human memory and the misinformation effect has shaped psychology, psychotherapy, and criminal justice.

“Eavesdropping on Memory”, Elizabeth F. Loftus
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Read the full collection highlighting our pioneering women in the Social Sciences.


Annual Reviews is a nonprofit publisher dedicated to synthesizing and integrating knowledge for the progress of science and the benefit of society. They currently publish 50 highly cited journals in the Biomedical, Life, Physical, and Social Sciences, including Economics.