International Day of Women and Girls in Science
Representation by the most basic definition, infers that the constituent is one part of a whole. Science is a constituent of both global economic and social growth in the world. In a famous study in the 1960’s, a group of students were asked to draw a Scientist, the response rate of 5,000 children revealed that less than 1% of children drew the Scientist as a female. According to Time Magazine, upon review of the study at least 28% of children now draw female scientists; a recognisable growth since 1985.
To improve gender equality and promote equal access and opportunity for all, the United Nations adopted the initiative and declared the 11th of February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.
To celebrate this initiative, the Bendigo Tech School has sourced and are showcasing local science heroes. Below and on our socials the Tech School has featured three significant individuals who encapsulate the United Nations' values of representation and empowerment for future generations. These three individuals include: Ember Chittenden (Science Educator), Ruwani De Silva (Citizen Scientist & Educator) and Kaye Pascoe (Quality Control Manager).
Science hero profiles: