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Imagine: You want to become a scientist, but you are not allowed to study. You work in research, achieve groundbreaking results, but don't get paid. You are nominated for the Nobel Prize more than a dozen times, but you don't receive it because you are not a man. This exhibition gives the women who once defied all odds and paved the way for many generations of successful women scientists the recognition they deserve. And it shows examples of the work of some of today’s outstanding women researchers. But don’t just use it for information, use it for inspiration.

Get to know women scientists who have had or continue to have a significant impact on teaching, research and our city. More than a hundred years after the first female student was officially enrolled, Berlin can now present itself as the capital of women scientists with the highest proportion of women professors in Germany and counts a total of more than 15,000 women scientists, from doctoral students to university presidents.

The exhibition is part of the project "Berlin - Capital of Women Scientists", an initiative of the Governing Mayor of Berlin, Michael Müller, which was carried out in 2021 by the Berlin Institute of Health with the support of the Berlin Senate Chancellery. The starting point were Wikipedia edit-a-thons with interested amateur researchers, from schoolchildren to senior citizens. Together they edited and wrote more than 50 Wikipedia entries about women scientists in Berlin. Based on these articles, an exhibition was created, which was first opened at the Rotes Rathaus and will subsequently  be shown at various locations in the city. The exhibition is now also traveling internationally, for example in cooperation with the Goethe Institutes in Prague, Tokyo, Budapest and London.

More information about the joint project of the Berlin Senate Chancellery and the Berlin Institute of Health at Charité (BIH) [In German]

Please note, that the project was conducted in German and we have only edited the German Wikipedia entries so far. The English Wikipedia articles were not part of the project and need further improvement.

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Where can I view the exhibition?

Dunckerstr. 65
10439 Berlin

from June 14 - July 17, 2024

Borde / Charpentier / Dürkop-Lepthin

Erzgräber / Fless / Foroutan

  • Dr. Gudrun Erzgräber

    The Berlin-Buch campus is today a thriving research hub. Gudrun Erzgräber has played a major role in this, receiving the Orders of Merit of Germany and Berlin in 2008 and 2009 for her contributions.

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  • Prof. Dr. Friederike Fless

    Friedrike Fless was the first woman to hold a full professorship in classical archaeology at FU Berlin and later became the first female president of the German Archaeological Institute.

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  • Prof. Dr. Naika Foroutan

    She conducts research into migration, integration, perceptions of Islam and Muslims in Germany, identity formation, and equality – all topics of great relevance in the societal discourse of today.

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Gabrysch / Hausen / Joost

  • Prof. Dr. Karin Hausen

    Karin Hausen is considered one of the pioneers of women’s and gender history in the German-speaking world. She has been honored with the German Order of Merit for her historical research.

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  • Prof. Dr. Gesche Joost

    Gesche Joost has served, among other positions, as Germany’s first Internet Ambassador to the European Commission to push forward “digital transformation at the EU level.”

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Kübler / Langenberg / Maier

Meising / Meitner / Neumann

  • Prof. Dr. Ingeborg Meising

    The computer science professor was the first and only woman in many professional roles. In 1981 she was awarded the German Order of Merit for her contributions to gender equality.

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  • Prof. Dr. Lise Meitner

    Lise Meitner’s research merits the highest recognition – especially considering that women in Prussia were not allowed to study or enter lecture halls and laboratories until 1909.

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  • Dr. Elsa Neumann

    When Elsa Neumann decided to dedicate her future to science, this goal must have appeared nearly impossible to achieve – but she later managed to study at the universities in Berlin and Göttingen.

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Rabinowitsch-Kempner / Savoy / Schmidt

  • Prof. Dr. Lydia Rabinowitsch-Kempner

    She worked at the Robert Koch Institute, but soon moved to Charité as a research assistant. In 1912 she became Berlin‘s first woman professor, but was denied university employment.

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  • Prof. Dr. Bénedicte Savoy

    She specializes in the provenance of cultural objects, including looted art. Time magazine counted her among the 100 most influential people of 2021 for her role in the cultural restitution debate.

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  • Prof. Annerose Schmidt

    In March 1990 she took over as rector of the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin , the first woman ever to head a German conservatory. In 2003 she was awarded the German Order of Merit.

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Siegeris / Vogt / von Brentano

  • Dr. Cécile Vogt

    The fact that she was nominated 13 times for the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine but never actually won it demonstrates the low status accorded to women scientists in the early 20th century.

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  • Prof. Dr. Margherita von Brentano

    The German philosopher was deeply committed to securing equal rights for women. Today the Margherita von Brentano Center for Gender Studies at FU Berlin is named in her honor.

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von Zahn-Harnack

  • Dr. Dr. h.c. Agnes von Zahn-Harnack

    On October 6, 1908, she became the first woman to enroll in the Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität zu Berlin, after the Prussian Ministry of Education admitted women to universities for the first time.

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