Women scientists encourage girls to shine bright in science lessons
By Jo Foster, Director of the Institute for Research in Schools
Celebrating International Day of Women and Girls in Science, IRIS held a webinar featuring three inspiring female scientists who shared their experiences and advice with girls interested in pursuing careers in science. The webinar was a great success and showed how important it is to support and encourage girls in the STEM fields. The women encouraged students seeking a career in science to be brave and shine bright, even if they are the only girl in the classroom.
Dr Yvonne Nyathi, a neuroscientist who studies protein folding in the brain and its relationship to dementia, captivated the audience with her work and insights. Dr Kat Hickey, a volcanologist, and space scientist shared her journey to her current role and her passion for the flexibility and global opportunities a STEM career can offer. Finally, PhD student Emily Dowd, who is researching the effects of methane on the climate, talked about her experiences as a young female scientist and the challenges she has faced along the way.
The scientists shared valuable advice for girls who are interested in science careers. They encouraged the girls to get hands-on experience in their areas of interest, through work experience or volunteering, to help them make informed decisions about their future careers. They also emphasised the importance of being brave and reaching out to those already working in their desired fields, asking for advice and mentorship.
Let’s continue to break down barriers and support girls in science, so that the future is bright and diverse.
The webinar was a powerful reminder that there are successful and accomplished female scientists who are making a difference in their respective fields. These inspiring women encouraged the girls to pursue their passions, no matter how challenging, and to never be discouraged by being the only girl in the room. Instead, girls should show the world what they can do and be proud of their accomplishments.
International Day of Women and Girls in Science is a fantastic celebration of women and girls in science and a much-needed reminder of the importance of supporting and encouraging young girls in the STEM fields. The inspiring female scientists shared their journeys and advice, showing that with hard work and determination, girls can achieve anything they set their minds to. Let’s continue to break down barriers and support girls in science, so that the future is bright and diverse. Let’s make every day a day when we celebrate and support the achievements of women and girls.