Over the last few years, research output in Africa has increased significantly. National and international technologies and strategies, and infrastructure for future research development, have all had positive effects on African research output. Yet the continent of Africa still generates less than 1% of the world’s research. Both a lack of funding and global scientific publishing trends have created tensions for those undertaking research in Africa.
To recognise the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we are celebrating the most prominent women scientists and their research. There are a significant number of women in science making a major impact in their respective fields, and although this number is increasing, they are still significantly underrepresented in STEM.