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Women in Immunology

Nature Immunology celebrates Women’s History Month by highlighting the contributions of women in immunology with specially commissioned content from women across the globe.  In this Collection, we feature World Views from immunologists who offer reflections and advice on navigating careers. Also included is a Comment on championing immunology to governmental policy makers in the UK and a Perspective from intramural researchers at the US National Institutes of Health on the achievements of and challenges for women. We include archival content by past contributors of Comments featuring women in immunology.


March is Women’s History Month. This issue of Nature Immunology celebrates the contributions of women in immunology by presenting specially commissioned content from women across the globe.

Editorial | | Nature Immunology

World Views and Comment

The greatest discoveries in science often come from unexpected findings based on curiosity and passion, rather than a precise plan. The same is true of our careers.

World View | | Nature Immunology

Men have a role to play as well in leveling the playing field for women scientists. This includes creating inclusive environments and accepting women as equal partners in the pursuit of science.

World View | | Nature Immunology

Ann Ager is chair of its Forum and a trustee for the British Society for Immunology, and council member of the International Union of Immunological Societies. She discusses her role as an advocate for immunology to governments and other policy makers.

Comment | | Nature Immunology


Schwartzberg and colleagues discuss the advances and challenges for female scientists working in the field of immunology at the US NIH.

Perspective | | Nature Immunology

From the archive

Physician scientists bridge the gap between biomedical research and clinical practice. However, the continuing decrease in number of people who choose this career path poses a threat to the advancement of biomedical science and the translation of research findings to clinical practice.

Commentary | | Nature Immunology

Women are underrepresented in the science and engineering fields. Difficulties in balancing family life and work have a big role in women's opting out of scientific career paths. Institutions and funding agencies need to work harder to reverse this disparity.

Commentary | | Nature Immunology

How have women fared at Harvard since the events of four years ago? Here, Judy Lieberman and Laurie Glimcher reflect on progress made and barriers still to be breached.

Commentary | | Nature Immunology