More Visibility for Women: Brigitte Gilles Prize Awarded

31/01/2024

Award for the project Exciting, But Not Feasible for a Woman? The Appeal of Intensive Care Medicine and Surgical Specialties in Medicine, special prize for the "Frauen am Reiff" exhibition, and special recognition for a master's thesis.

 

With the Brigitte Gilles Prize, RWTH improves the visibility of women in science and aims to help increase the number of female scientists and students in degree programs with a low proportion of women. The prize, named after RWTH's first Women's Affairs Officer, recognizes initiatives that improve the conditions for women to study, teach, and research at the University. The recent prizewinners are outstanding examples of this:

  Two women on a stage Copyright: © Andreas Schmitter Dr. Jana Mossanen (right) accepts the Brigitte Gilles Prize for the project Exciting, But Not Feasible for a Woman? The Appeal of Intensive Care Medicine and Surgical Specialties in Medicine, from Vice-Rector Sabine Brück.

The project Exciting, But Not Feasible for a Woman? The Appeal of Intensive Care Medicine and Surgical Specialties in Medicine was founded in August 2021 and is a seminar at Uniklinik RWTH Aachen. Women are still in the minority both in intensive care medicine and in surgical specialties. There are currently 25 percent female doctors in general surgery compared to 75 percent male doctors. In Germany, women hold only five percent of the top positions in surgical disciplines and intensive care medicine. Why is this the case and how can it be improved? The seminar is intended to help all female students interested in these specialties. It is aimed at female medical students between the fifth and twelfth semesters. It is offered in both the winter and summer semesters and can therefore be chosen at any time during their studies after the basic medical exam. It is now established in the qualification profile section of RWTH's medicine curriculum. The seminar has been part of the newly formed qualification profile Gender and Diversity in Medicine since the 2023/24 winter semester. There is no time limit here and there are plans for the seminar to continue to run indefinitely. PD Dr. Jana Mossanen, Clinic for Surgical Intensive Medicine and Intermediate Care at Uniklinik RWTH Aachen, is in charge of the seminar.

  Three women on a stage Copyright: © Andreas Schmitter Professor Sabine Brück (from left), vice-rector for human resources management and development, awards Frederike Eyhoff and Dr. Birgit Schillak-Hammers the Brigitte Gilles Special Prize for the "Frauen am Reiff" project.

There is a special prize for the "Frauen am Reiff" project by Dr. Birgit Schillak-Hammers and Frederike Eyhoff, research associates at the Chair of Art History. The project aims to connect and support women at the Reiff and also to come to terms with their history. Taking the debate about female professionals and women in public perception as their starting point, architecture students investigated the work of female students, scholars, and administrative staff according to structural, content-related, and methodological aspects. They worked on the project under the direction of Eyhoff and Schillak-Hammers for two semesters. The goal was to add a female perspective to the hitherto masculine story of the Reiff. In addition, the students wanted to make the stumbling blocks in women's academic careers visible to stimulate discussion about how the situation could be improved. Their findings line up with an overarching scientific feminist discourse, resulting in exhibitions, artistic projects, and a lecture series with experts presenting their perspectives. The project aims to create a permanent platform for the topic.

  Two women on a stage Copyright: © Andreas Schmitter Professor Sabine Brück (from left), vice-rector for human resources management and development, honors Valerie Hartmann for her master's thesis Antifeminism and Intersectionality: A Reflection on the History of Ideas.

Valerie Hartmann received special recognition in the final thesis category. Her master's thesis entitled Antifeminism and Intersectionality: A Reflection on the History of Ideas is a critical analysis in which the author links the history of ideas and current intersectional theories and places them in a contemporary context to highlight the forms and causes of antifeminism and offers solutions for the future.

 
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2023 Brigitte Gilles Prize (internal): Exciting But Not Feasible for a Woman?
 
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2023 Brigitte Gilles Prize (Special Prize): "Frauen am Reiff" Project