The United Nations has designated February 11th as International Day of Women and Girls in Science, a day that highlights how important it is to encourage a new generation of women to enter into the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields. International Day of Women and Girls in Science aims to break down harmful stereotypes and narratives as well as promote policies that makes STEM fields more accessible to women and girls.
How Can You Celebrate Women in Science?
- Download posters of your favorite female STEM role models created by female artists.
- Watch a movie about women in STEM, such as Hidden Figures, or read a book about women in science.
- Learn a coding language! Then read about how women were instrumental in early computer programming.
- Check out these local and national resources from the Field Museum.
Introduce Girls and Young Women to STEM Careers
- Moraine Valley supports women entering technology fields with its Women in Technology Mentoring program.
- Know a girl entering eighth grade? She might want to sign up for Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day on February 20th at Argonne National Laboratory.
- Girls aged 10-18 can get involved with Girls 4 Science, a non-profit dedicated to getting young women in Chicago involved in the STEM fields.