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French virologist Francoise Barre-Sinoussi receiving the 2008 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. She shared the award with French research scientist Luc Montagnier and German virologist Harald zur Hausen.

Women Pioneers in Medicine

As doctors and nurses battle coronavirus and researchers race to find a vaccine, their work and sacrifices underscore the importance of medicine. It is against this background that we profile women who forever changed the field.


Famous Female Firsts

Women have accomplished some fantastic feats in the course of history. Test your knowledge of some notable firsts for women.

First Edition
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First Edition

Travel back to a time when when doing laundry was a multi-day task, the United States did not exist, and electricity was a new discovery. Digitized for our valued subscribers, we’ve curated some of the best of the original 2,500 pages, with articles and engravings.

7 Suffragists You Should Know

“The best protection any woman can courage.”

In 2020 Britannica is celebrating the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment’s ratification. To mark the landmark event, we highlight a few of the suffragist who led the 72-year fight to win the vote for women.

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