Celebrate the 11th of February!Alba Abad
The 11th of February marks the International day of Women and girls in Science all around the world. In 2015, the United Nations General assembly declared it in order to recognise and promote the critical role women and girls play in science and technology. A day to celebrate the role of women in science and all their contributions through history.
Women have been historically underrepresented in STEM fields. When you are asked which famous scientists you could name just now, we bet that most of them are men: Copernicus, Galileo Galilei, Newton, Einstein, Darwin, Hawking, Tesla, Faraday, Edison, Da Vinci, Pasteur, Watson and Crick, Fleming, Graham Bell, Kepler… Maybe you could also name Marie Curie, first woman to win a Nobel Prize in 1903 in Physics, and only woman with two Nobel Prizes in two different fields. Maybe also Rosalind Franklin, the first person to see how the DNA looks like or Ada Lovelace, considered the first computer programmer.
But what if we asked you about: Donna Strickland, Lynn Margulis, Wangari Maathai, Sylvia Earle, Gladys West, Jane Luu, Ada Lovelace, Rita-Levi Montalcini, Williamina Flemming, Katherine Jhonson? We encourage you to search for their contributions and share them with all the school using the announcement board.
From Engage Nepal with Science we aim to continue working empowering girls in order to achieve full and equal access to education and participation in science for women and girls, and further achieve gender equality and STEM empowerment of women and girls.
Thanks for working with us to promote the role of women and girls in STEM!