Inspiring women in science
This Sunday, 11th February, is International Day of Women and Girls in Science. The number of women working in science and tech is on the rise but they are still under-represented in these fields.
In December 2013, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution on the development of science in which it recognised that “equal access to, and participation in, science is imperative for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls”. One of the outcomes was to establish an international day to recognise the critical role women and girls play in science.
Throughout history, from Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie to Professor Dame Sally Davies, women scientists have helped build our world. At Science Oxford, we like to think we are doing our small bit to enthuse young people about science. Through the Trust’s Science Oxford education programmes, we aim to cultivate a positive attitude to science and lay the foundations of science learning. We give children the opportunity to experience the excitement of investigation, exploration, experimentation and discovery. We show young girls – and boys – that science can be cool, can lead to an amazing career and can change lives.
Inspiration for young people comes from our fantastic, talented and creative team, many of whom are women. They are all brilliant role models and passionate about inspiring the next generation of scientists and innovators. To celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we are running a series of in-depth interviews with our amazing female staff, starting with Bridget Holligan, our Director of Education and Engagement, and Noelle Aly, our Clubs Delivery Officer. Select their profiles on our Meet Our Staff page to find out more. We have several inspirational women trustees too – read about Georgina Ferry, our Deputy Chair of Trustees and a science writer, author and broadcaster. She has been inspired by women in science, writing the first biography of Britain’s only female Nobel prizewinning scientist, Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin. Select Georgina’s profile on our Meet our Trustees to read more.
The Oxford region is one of the UK’s most significant centres for science-based research and enterprise, so investing in and supporting future generations is critical to maintaining the county’s position at the forefront of research and innovation. We hope, through our work at Science Oxford, we enable more young people to opt for careers in science and tech: the role models of the future. We hope many more are women.
Watch this to see how our Science Oxford staff inspire young people in STEM.