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Celebrating women in research on International Women’s Day

6th March 2020

According to a UK survey, more than half of the population can’t name a famous woman in science. Yet women around the world have made incredible scientific discoveries and continue to do so every day.

From Marie Curie, the first double Nobel laureate, to Quarraisha Abdool Karim, who has spent over 25 years researching how HIV/AIDS is spread in South Africa - women have been making groundbreaking discoveries in science for centuries. 

At Worldwide Cancer Research, we pride ourselves on the inspiring, strong and passionate women who are part of Team Worldwide – including the many female researchers around the world who are working tirelessly to start bold new cancer research and find new cures.

One such inspiring researcher is Dr Raysa Khan, a Research Fellow in Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Sussex. However, Raysa’s scientific pursuit has not always been easy, and she knows all too well the difficulties women can face when it comes to pursuing a career in science:

“I was born into a Bangladeshi family, and where I come from, being a female scientist is certainly not common. When my family eventually migrated to Sweden, I felt an instant difference and am grateful for all the opportunities that followed.

“But women pursuing higher professional occupations are still far less common than men across the globe. And particularly when it comes to STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine) one can’t help but notice that even in this day and age, women are highly under-represented.

“There are tons of opportunities out there to thrive in a scientific career – I believe we should embrace every opportunity to engage and showcase our capabilities. By combining scientific curiosity with dedication and hard work, my goal is to make a real impact on cancer research in the future.”

Raysa is an inspirational figure for young women who wish to pursue a career in research, and we’re proud to fund her outstanding work with your support. Find out about another of our inspiring researchers here