The XX Factor
When Women IN Great Sciences (WINGS) considered what to contribute to the Lund University 350-year jubilee, a book was the top suggestion. In fact, a WINGS book has been several years in the making, with a wide range of themes and topics surfacing for discussion in the WINGS steering committee at regular intervals. From a historical overview of women at Lund University, to portraits of successful female scientists, to political essays on gender equality - numerous ideas have come and gone, none making the journey all the way into print. Finally, we chose to combine all the book ideas floated in the WINGS steering committee over the years. Thus, in 2015, we invited all female professors at the Medical Faculty, Science Faculty and LTH to write a chapter on their life and career. The contributions we received make up the majority of this book. Alice Marshall, Gender Equality expert at the Stockholm-based company Add Gender, contributed a chapter on gender equality in academia. Fredrik Tersmeden, Archivist, wrote a historical overview of women at Lund University. Anna Maria Drake, chairwoman of the Medical Faculty equality board, added a chapter on the faculty’s gender equality aims. Key WINGS members Anna Broström, Johanna Stadmark and Maren Wellenreuther contributed a history of WINGS. We hope to contribute to the 350-year jubilee an extended Who’s Who? of Lund University - a Who is who?, a Who’ was who?, a Who and why?, and a Why and how?. The end result is an opus by many pens and of many perspectives. With this book, we can celebrate the achievements of women past and present at Lund University, as well as inspire the women of its future. “A woman should be two things: Who and What she wants.” - Coco Chanel
If you wish to read the book please click here: the_xx_factor.pdf for the PDF version of it.