Dr. Cat Begovic (@beautybydrcat)
2016 has been a year that to many people is one of the darkest in the last couple of decades, and partially because it took many famous people with it. Celebrities do impact our lives with their music, movies, art, or sports since we associate many stages of our life with their work and we get emotional when they pass away since we feel like it's someone we know. I would also like to take a moment and highlight the passing of a less known person to the general public but who has made a major impact in science, especially for women in science as a pioneer in breaking into the boys' club. Vera Rubin, an American astronomer who pioneered work on galaxy rotation rates and who confirmed the existence of dark matter, died on Christmas at age 88. She once said she lives by three basic assumptions:
1. There is no problem in science that can be solved by a man that cannot be solved by a woman.
2. Worldwide, half of all brains are in women.
3. We all need permission to do science, but, for reasons that are deeply ingrained in history, this permission is more often given to men than to women.