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Mentors, Networks and Careers

Hopkins in the Laboratories 1941

The vanguard of women biochemists relied upon the willingness and wiliness of the 1. Male Mentors (PDF Document) who chose to support them in their chosen careers – often to mutual benefit

2. Marriage (PDF Document) led some women to leave biochemistry, although Cambridge in particular supported several couples who worked together on scientific research

For those who remained in science, alumni associations and professional women’s groups offered access to female-focused 3. Peer Support and Networking (PDF Document)

The number of employed women biochemists increased, although there is some evidence that they became less likely to receive 4. Funding Pdfin the interwar period

5. Patriarchical Attitudes (PDF Document) still surfaced in academic biochemistry into the late 1930s, yet by this time several women had risen to positions of widely-recognised prominence in their fields

Image: University Archives, Cambridge