International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Mr Dodd – TGJ Staff Editor

To rise to the challenges of the 21st century, we need to harness our full potential. That requires dismantling gender stereotypes. On this International Day of Women and Girls in Science, let’s pledge to end the gender imbalance in science.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres

Today, February 11th 2020, is the UN International Day of Women and Girls in Science. As the UN note, “[a] significant gender gap has persisted throughout the years at all levels of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines all over the world.” The International Day of Women and Girls in Science aims to challenge this, not least because, according to the UN, “[g]ender equality and the empowerment of women and girls will make a crucial contribution not only to economic development of the world, but to progress across all the goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well.” Watch the following inspirational video about young female scientist Katherine Jin and see how her scientific invention helps safeguard health workers (from IDWGS, 2017).

She Talks Science Blog

At Murray Edward’s College, Cambridge, the ‘She Talks Science blog‘ seeks to create “[a] space for young women who are passionate about science to engage with each other.” Last year, passionate GSAL Year 13 student Flaka Tahiri was recognised as a School Winner and her physics essay on the neutrino was published on the MEC website.

To celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science, why not get involved this year? Open to all students at GSAL, male and female, this opportunity simply requires you to write a blog-style article on anything science related.

A selection of the best submissions within GSAL will be published right here in The GSAL Journal, and excellent pieces of work from female students will be submitted to the She Talks Science blog.

Take a look at some of the successful school articles submitted to She Talks Science by clicking here.

Please submit your blog-style article to Dr Dearden (science) or Mr Dodd (geography) – there is no deadline.

Mr Dodd (TGJ Staff Editor)

Headline Image Credit: https://imagine-mexico.com/event/international-day-of-women-and-girls-in-science/

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