Feb. 11: International Day of Women and Girls in Science
Today, Feb. 11, is the seventh International Day of Women and Girls in Science.
It’s a day to recognize the important role women and girls play in STEM, or science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and to promote full and equal access to participation of women and girls in science. Despite their significant progress towards participation in STEM higher education, women and girls are still under-represented in the field.
Recognizing the role of women and girls in accelerating progress towards the United Nations Sustainability Development Goal No. 6: Clean Water and Sanitation, this year’s focus is on the theme Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: Water Unites Us.
Many of this year’s slate of Memorial women scientists are studying, researching and teaching on the subject of water. Meet them below, keep an eye out for them on Memorial’s social channels today and happy International Day of Women and Girls in Science!
SARA JOBSON, PHD CANDIDATE, MARINE BIOLOGY, FACULTY OF SCIENCE
"The vast importance of the ocean as a resource is something we should all feel empowered to engage with and only at that point will we make significant strides towards sustainability ... I would love to be able to work with First Nations groups in Canada, possibly as a bridge between remote, northern communities and scientists interested in the natural resources on their land. First Nations groups hold immense knowledge of natural systems and I believe that the best research is created in collaboration with the people and communities it will impact the most."
MARY CLINTON, PHD CANDIDATE, MARINE BIOLOGY, FACULTY OF SCIENCE
"I honestly think that protecting and responsibly managing the ocean might be the single most important task facing our global community. Even if you don’t live on the coast, not a day goes by when the ocean doesn’t affect your life. It provides oxygen and food, regulates climate, and absorbs carbon from the atmosphere. It also provides recreational and spiritual value and is home to so many bizarre and beautiful life forms, that of course have their own inherent value. Protecting the ocean is absolutely essential for our way of life, now and in the future."