Every October we celebrate the achievements of women and girls as trailblazers throughout history. In perfect timing, on October 2it was announced that Canadian Donna Strickland was awarded a Nobel prize for her work with lasers. So quick trivia question for you: How many other Canadian women have been awarded a Nobel in science? The answer: None.
Let’s celebrate this well-deserved recognition. Let’s use this to highlight the need for equity and breaking down barriers. Let’s work towards sharing what women have done, to show young Canadians what they can do. As Malala Yousafzai said, “We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back.”
If you’re looking for ways to celebrate women in science this October you may appreciate these FREE posters created by Ingenium – Canada’s museums of science and innovation.
Use them to share the profiles of women from Canada and around the world who’ve made a difference. All are available in English and in French, and are free to download. The latest poster features Donna Strickland.
Science holds the promise of improving our world but we’ll need everyone’s contributions.
Women’s History Month includes two important commemorative dates for women and girls: International Day of the Girl on October 11 and Persons Day on October 18.