We’re always looking for new pieces that cover any number of topics on women and gender in the history and popular culture of science, technology, and medicine. We run three medium-form feature stories each month, which are typically thoroughly-researched pieces with a historical framing. We also run personal essays, cultural criticism, reviews, commentary on current and historical events, and much more. Before you send us a pitch, be sure that you read through the site to get a sense of our style and content to determine whether or not your piece is a good fit.
Examples of what we run in each section
Features: Thoroughly researched historical pieces, written for a general audience. Features should have a clear argument and be well sourced.
Essays: Essays can be personal or researched. Typically less in-depth than features, they can be about the past or the present, from pop culture to politics. Special Series, like our annual Queer Science series, are part of this category, and specific calls for submissions are posted for these are posted on social media.
Ideas: Ideas includes a broad range of topics and styles, from interviews to rants.
Commentary: This section includes commentary on both current and historical events, such as takes on the news, political controversies, and important historical anniversaries.
Reviews: Reviews of recent books, films, plays etc. that touch on Lady Science themes. Patricia Fara’s "A Lab of One’s Own: Science and Suffrage in the First World War"
What we’re NOT looking for
Straight biographies of particularly famous scientists, like Marie Curie (or anything about Marie Curie).
Reported news stories. Profiles or interviews may work but they should have a clear connection to LS themes of science, gender, and history.
Pitches for recurring columns.
How to pitch us
Send us your pitch to email@example.com. Please include “PITCH” along with your pitch headline in the subject line, and let us know if the pitch is time-sensitive. Do not send full drafts.
Your pitch should be two paragraphs and include:
A clear sense of what your piece is about and what angle you are taking on it. (Be sure that you are pitching an argument or story, not a just a topic, and that your angle is original)
The necessary elements of the piece (The people, conflicts, context of your story or argument).
Research. Let us know that you’ve done your research on your angle and that you’re capable of following through.
Why is Lady Science a good fit for your piece?
Practical information about qualifications/bio, when ideally you’d like the piece to run, and relevant clips to previous writing. (If you know what section you’d like the piece to run, include it, but if you aren’t sure, don’t worry about it too much. We’ll figure it out for you!).