Two Women Won This Year's Nobel Prize, but There Should Be More
Among the 2015 Nobel Prize winners were two women: Svetlana Alexievich and Tu Youyou. China-based Tu won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for her work in developing an anti-malaria medicine. Svetlana, a Belarusian investigative journalist and non-fiction writer, won the Nobel Prize in Literature for her work documenting the stories of those who lived in the former Soviet Union.
While these women have made truly outstanding achievements, it's interesting to note that there were eight male winners, compared to just two women.
While we love to hear that women are winning the Nobel Prize, there's still a major gender gap with Nobel Laureates.
Fortune reports that since 1901, 825 men have won Nobel Prizes, compared to 49 women. Twenty-six other prizes went to organizations. If you do the math, that means that women win the Nobel Prize 5.6 percent of the time. That's a pretty tiny number. This percentage has grown over the past decade, but at an achingly slow clip.
Of these winners, women have been most likely to win the Nobel Prize in Literature or Peace, but we think it's high time that ladies start taking home prizes for the economics, physics, chemistry and medicine categories.