Lost Women of Science

Lost Women of Science tells the remarkable stories of groundbreaking women who never got the full recognition they deserved – until now.

From the Jaws of Obscurity to One Million Downloads!

This month marks an important milestone for Lost Women of Science. We’ve hit one million podcast downloads! 

We want to thank you, our listeners, and everyone on the Lost Women of Science team - producers, engineers, marketing/promotional team, administrative staff, our Advisory Board, and our wonderful funders. 

And of course, thank you to all the wonderful female scientists whose stories we have told. It’s been a terrific journey. And keep listening! There are so many more great female scientists to celebrate!


The Exceptions

Dr. Nancy Hopkins, a molecular biologist who made major discoveries in cancer genetics, became an unlikely activist in her early fifties. She had always believed that if you did great science, you would get the recognition you deserved.

But after years of humiliations — being snubbed for promotions and realizing the women's labs were smaller than those of their male counterparts — she finally woke up to the fact that her beloved MIT did not value women scientists. So measuring tape in hand, she collected the data to prove her point.

In The Exceptions: Nancy Hopkins, MIT, and the Fight for Women in Science, Kate Zernike tells Nancy's story, which led to MIT’s historic admission of discrimination against its female scientists in 1999. Host Julianna LeMieux talks with Kate and Nancy about the journey.

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What Our Listeners Say

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What a great idea for a show! The Matilda Effect episode was fascinating. Can’t wait for more. Telling all of my friends about this!

- cgb41, Apple Podcasts
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Wonderful podcast!
Inspiring story of a bright and compassionate physician, ahead of her time. I am fascinated and eager for future episodes. What a delightful random discovery!

-Annie Flycaster, Apple Podcasts
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Great show
Fabulous concept, well executed. I really like the voice of the host too, which is often a sticking point with me. Congratulations, all!

-Saltman52, Apple Podcasts
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Waiting (not so) patiently for each episode!
This show was recommended on another podcast I listen to and I am so glad to have found this gem! This podcast is well done and inspiring. The narrator’s voice is very even and the story is unfolded so you’re left on a cliffhanger waiting to hear about the next chapter of these great ladies lives! Definitely sending this to friends.

-Bananabox116, Apple Podcasts
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I have already shared this on my Facebook and will be hyping it when more episodes come out on my science tiktok! More please and soon!

-Shadowstar films & photography, Apple Podcasts
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Absolutely love the Lost Women of Science podcast and am SO excited to hear the new season! It's like a true crime podcast but for women in STEM!

-Sabina Wex (@SabuWex), Twitter
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The second episode of Lost Women of Science, my new favourite podcast, is named The Matilda Effect.
Matilda Effect means someone else gets credit for a woman's work and that someone else is a man.

-Umme H. Faisal, MBBS (@stethospeaks), Twitter
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I have shared the show more than once on social media. I believe it's extremely important to showcase these women in science - most of whom, even as a math/science teacher, I am unfamiliar with. Thank you!

- Emma S., PRX
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Loved the series on Clara Von Neuman (got me hooked). I've begun rolling my eyes at mentions of Ada Lovelace (over credited, but great communicator about the Babbage Engine). However, I now have a GREAT to highlight as a better example.

- Helen T., PRX
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As a woman trained in physics, I look forward to these stories. Especially loved the one about Madame Wu :)

- Evelyne Y., PRX
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Great show. I like how fair and balanced it is. Credits all people when deserved. Really appreciate efforts by Katie Hafner and team to explore depths of story.

- David H., PRX
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I’m a podcast snob - can’t stand poor audio, lazy editing - and this show is so good on every level, from story to interview style to sound quality. LOVE IT!

- Theresa G., PRX

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