A celebration of women in chemistry

Since very early times women have had a strong influence on the developmentof the sciences in general and chemistry in particular. In this paper I present an original play about some historical women of chemistry, emphasizing the positive aspects of each woman's role in the history of chemistry, rather than dwelling onthe hardships each endured. My hope is that modern young women, as they learn more about their collective past, will gain a sense of pride and tradition in their chemical heritage. This should lead to greater confidence in their own potential ability to contribute significantly to the development of chemistry. I also hope that young women will be encouraged to read and discuss the lives of these and other women chemists since these women can teach us much about what it means tobe a woman chemist. Young women who aspire to be chemists need to be aware that they are carrying on a long and distinguished tradition.