International Day of Women and Girls in Science at BCSS
March 2, 2020 | Zoe Whittall
February 11, 2020, was the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.
Here at BCSS, we celebrated female scientists of times past, present, and those to come, with the girls from the Benguerra Primary school.
To help us celebrate, we called upon our research friends. We collected videos made by a group of women working in science in Mozambique – from conservation scientists in Gorongosa National Park to University professors from Gurué – to show us some of the faces in science in this country. We made a compilation of these and showed the resulting movie to the girls from the Benguerra Primary School. We are proud to be able to share their stories with the girls of Benguerra Island.
Women have made tremendous contributions to the world of science. From writing the first computer program, to unraveling the structure of DNA. Starting global environmental movements, calculating mankind’s trajectory to the moon and producing the first map of the sea floor. Yet, women currently account for less than 30% of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) careers. The International Day of Women and Girls in Science was created to celebrate these women, and we at BCSS celebrated those here.