In celebration of women in the field of chemistry who continue to break barriers, please enjoy this curated selection of Special Issues, Collections, articles, events, interviews, and more.

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International Day of Women and Girls in Science, recognized each year on February 11, serves as a reminder that women and girls play a crucial role in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) communities. The theme this year, “Women in Science Leadership: A New Era for Sustainability,” emphasizes that expanding the pool of researchers, including more women working in these fields, will be critical to solving some of our biggest challenges like improving health outcomes and combating climate change. It is also an opportunity to feature the landmark contributions of women and girls in STEM.

Together with our many women editors, authors, reviewers, and readers, ACS Publications works to promote the full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls. We salute the hard work of women and girls in the chemistry community, who contribute to the American Chemical Society’s mission “to advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people.”

In celebration of women in the field of chemistry who continue to break barriers, please explore this selection of Special Issues, Collections, articles, events, interviews, and more.

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Women Scientists at the Forefront of Energy Research (Parts 1-6)

This six-part Collection series celebrates the contribution of female energy researchers who have published new advances from their laboratories in ACS Energy Letters. From early career researchers to well-established senior scientists, the successful career paths they have taken to become leaders in the community have impacted energy research in a significant way.
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Marsha I. Lester Festschrift

Marsha I. Lester, the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania, has been a trailblazer in physical chemistry for more than four decades. The fifty articles in this Festschrift from The Journal of Physical Chemistry A honor Lester’s ongoing research achievements and her legacy of mentorship and advocacy for women in physical chemistry.

Read Prof. Lester's Autobiography, published as part of this Special Issue.
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Cynthia M. Friend Festschrift

This Festschrift, published in The Journal of Physical Chemistry C., honors the distinguished career of Professor Cynthia M. Friend, a trailblazer in the field of organometallic surface chemistry. The articles in this Special Issue pay tribute to Prof. Friend's tremendous achievements as a scientist and a leader in the physical chemistry community.

Read Prof. Friend's Personal Perspective on a Life in Science, published as part of this Special Issue.
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Women Researchers at the Forefront of Crystal Engineering

Through this Collection, Crystal Growth & Design celebrates the contributions that women have made and will continue to make to the field. 38 first authors or corresponding authors who are cisgender or transgender women submitted information for inclusion, and many of them wrote statements about their experiences as researchers in crystal engineering.
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Resilient Women and the Resiliency of Science

This editorial from Chemistry of Materials accompanies a Virtual Collection of papers published during the COVID-19 pandemic by women corresponding authors. The editorial contains personal experiences and perspectives from various women scientists on how they define and exhibit resilience, particularly in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on women in science.

ACS Celebrates the IUPAC Global Women's Breakfast

The IUPAC Global Women's Breakfast is an event that happens on a single day in February of each year in conjunction with the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

Join us on February 27, 2024 for the IUPAC Global Women’s Breakfast

Global Women’s Breakfast events are being planned by:

Celebrating Women in Science: More from ACS Axial
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ACS Publications Diversity and Inclusion Cover Art Gallery

Since 2021, the Diversity & Inclusion Cover Art Series has sought to amplify marginalized voices and recognize historically excluded or underrecognized populations of chemists. This online gallery showcases the beautiful front covers in the series and highlights the extraordinary chemists behind them.
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International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2023

Take a look back on 2023's celebrations! Explore interviews, Virtual Collections, Special Issues, and more curated content in honor of the incredible women who continue to drive innovation and break boundaries in the field of chemistry.

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