Pride Month: Neena Schwartz
Every year in June the world celebrates Pride month: a month dedicated to celebrating the LGBTQ+ communities all around the globe.
Our scientific spotlight for Pride Month is dedicated to American endocrinologist, feminist and LGBTQ+ advocate, Neena Schwartz.
In 1971, Neena was the first president and organiser of Association for Women in Science (AWIS), which advocates for an increase in the number of women in senior academic positions within science. She was also president of the Society for the Study of Reproduction and the co-founder of Women in Endocrinology.
To document her experience working as a female scientist, Schwartz wrote a memoir called ‘A Lab of My Own’. She also used it as an opportunity to discuss her relationship with her sexuality. In the book she came out as lesbian and hoped that her work, and her book, would continue to inspire young female scientists and young gay scientists to go after possibilities and success.