International Day of Women and Girls in Science is celebrated annually on February 11th to recognize the critical role that women and girls play in science and technology. The day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2016 to promote full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls.
Celebrating the work of women in science is a great way to inspire young girls and encourage them to pursue careers in STEM fields. It’s now observed by many countries around the world, including Australia. This year’s theme was “Science for All: We are all scientists; we all make discoveries.”
The importance of this day lies in its potential to inspire and motivate young girls and women to pursue careers in science and technology. By celebrating the achievements of women in these fields and promoting equal opportunities, the day aims to encourage more girls and women to enter STEM fields and to create a more gender-balanced workforce.
Women in Science History
Women have been involved in science throughout history. They have made important discoveries and were leaders in the field of science.
In addition to these women’s achievements, there are other ways that women have influenced our understanding of science:
- A woman named Anne McCormick won a Nobel Prize for her work on DNA structure and function at Harvard University. This was only the second time that an American woman had won this award; it also marked the first time two Americans shared one prize!
- Rosalind Franklin was credited with discovering how to photograph DNA molecules. Her research led scientists on a path toward understanding what types of molecules make up living cells—and eventually helped them discover how genes work within those cells!
Women in Science is a celebration of women’s achievements in science, technology, engineering and mathematics
It was first observed in 1991 as a global day of observance to recognize the contributions of women to science and technology.
The International Day of Women and Girls in Science was established by UNESCO’s Interministerial Committee on Gender Equality (ICGE) which invited member states worldwide to celebrate this important occasion during its 19th meeting held at Paris from 2-6 December 2018.
It was first observed in 1991 as a global day of observance to recognize the contributions of women to science and technology. It is observed on March 20th every year. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Women in Science: Inspiring Creativity.”
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The date of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science has been set by the United Nations at 20 March every year
.It was chosen to be a global day of observance, because it is also the birthday of two other scientists: Rosalind Franklin and Ada Lovelace.
Marie Curie was born on this day in 1867; she was one of history’s most famous scientists who discovered radium and polonium, which led to important advances in medicine including X-ray technology used during World War II by Allied forces fighting against Nazi Germany. She was awarded two Nobel Prizes for her work: one for Physics (1903) and another for Chemistry (1904).
In 2018, the theme for this year’s International Day of Women and Girls in Science was “Science for All”: “We are all scientists; we all make discoveries.” The aim is to celebrate women and girls who have made significant contributions to science, medicine, technology and engineering.
In addition to celebrating the successes of these pioneers, it also aims to highlight barriers faced by under-represented groups within these fields so they can continue making valuable contributions in the future.
Exploring our environment and thinking about how it works are just two examples of science.
Exploring the world around us is another way of doing research, such as studying animals and plants to gain knowledge about their natural habitats. Scientists also study the stars in order to learn more about our universe, which may help us understand its origins or even find life on other planets.
There are many ways that science can be applied in everyday life:
- Improving healthcare by developing treatments for diseases like cancer or HIV/AIDS;
- Discovering new methods for producing energy from renewable sources such as wind power;
Celebrate women in science
Women have made many important contributions to science and technology. However, women continue to be underrepresented in the field of science. We need to encourage more young girls and women to pursue careers in science so that we can celebrate their achievements.
In conclusion, the International Day of Women and Girls in Science is an important platform for promoting gender equality in STEM fields and for inspiring future generations of women and girls to pursue careers in science and technology.
The International Day of Women and Girls in Science is an opportunity for everyone to celebrate women’s achievement in science and technology.