Women in Physiology - Celebrating 100 years of Women’s Membership of The Physiological Society

23 January 2015 marks the day that - 100 years ago - The Physiological Society formally decided to admit women as members. To honour this occasion, we held a series of events and activities throughout the year.

Education and Outreach

To celebrate this milestone, we invited schools to take part in a poster competition focusing on the achievements of women who have won a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. We are pleased to confirm that Elsie Moore, a 15 year-old from The Thomas Hardye School in Dorset, won the competition. More details are available here.

Journal specials

To celebrate the centenary of the admittance of women to The Physiological Society, the 15 January issue of The Journal of Physiology features several historical perspectives articles.

Virtual issues

The Society's fourjournals have produced virtual issues.

Historical interviews

The Physiological Society's History & Archives Committee generated two historical interviews with women physiologists: Sally Page and Ann Silver. These join the interview published in 2013 with Gerta Vrbova.

Book launch Women physiologists: Centenary celebrations and beyond

To commemorate 100 years of Women's Membership at The Society, The Physiological Society has published a book highlighting the achievements and contributions of 20th and 21st century women physiologists.

In the news

A collection of news features can be viewed on Storify

Women in Physiology reception and talks - 17 December 2013

The Society held an event to celebrate the launch of the Women in Physiology booklet on 17 December 2013 at Hodgkin Huxley House. 

Women in Physiology booklet

The Society launched a Women in Physiology booklet during the Women in Science sessions at IUPS 2013. The interest in the booklet exceeded our expectations and we ran out of booklets virtually instantly. We are therefore delighted to offer the booklet as a pdf download, to obtain a copy please click here.

House of Commons Science and Technology Committee inquiry on "Women in STEM careers"

The Society responded to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee inquiry into Women in academic STEM careers, to view our response please click here.

The Society is committed to increasing equality and diversity in the physiological sciences