Professor Kate Storey head of the Division of Cell and Developmental Biology at the College of Life Sciences has been awarded an unusual prize by MRC Clinical Sciences Centre, recognising her achievements as a woman leader in science. Kate is one of eleven leading women scientists who have been honoured in the MRC’s Suffrage Science initiative in 2014.
Inspired by the pioneering Suffragettes who campaigned for equal voting rights, Suffrage Science was launched in 2011 on the Centenary of International Women’s Day to celebrate the achievements of women in science. The First Awards were given in 2012, when eleven scientists received an heirloom brooch or pendant to celebrate their work and pass on to the next generation of women scientists. Kate is one of the eleven to receive her brooch from the 2012 heirloom holders. In 2016 Kate and the other ten recipients will pass on their heirlooms to eleven other outstanding women life scientists of their choice, in a bid to encourage more women to pursue leadership roles in science.
Kate said, “This is a unique way of celebrating female achievement, which highlights two of the most important things we can do to promote women’s careers in science - celebrating the achievements of women leaders and, in the act of passing on the brooch to the next generation, supporting and acknowledging emerging women scientists to carry on the legacy. “
The brooches are designed by students at Central St Martins College of Art & Design, referencing the suffrage movement that fought for equal voting rights at the start of the last century.
A limited Edition book outlining the research and careers of the eleven heirloom-holders is available and an online version is available to view only at: