Today we commemorate all the strong women who have contributed to the field of… science! Internationally recognized by the United Nations, 11th February is a day to celebrate how far women have come.
It is important to mark days such as these as for so many years fields like that of science were extremely gender biased. According to UNESCO data 2014-2016 only around 30 per cent of all female students select STEM-related fields in higher education.
Not many young grisl are aspiring to pursue careers in STEM subjects, possibly due to the underrepresentation of women scientists in the classroom. Im 2015 Marija Cauchi stated in her graduation speech that “As a Gozitan female engineer with seemingly all the odds against me to break through the glass ceiling, I hope I will serve as a role model to show that you should never let anyone diminish your dreams”.
From Marie Curie discovering two elements and being the first women to win a Nobel price, to Amelia Earhart being the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic, we still have places to go!
A big congrats goes to Christina Koch’s recent arrival back on Earth from her space mission in which she spent 11 months thus being making the record for the longest-ever single spaceflight by a woman. Representing all women in space!