By Emily Whalen, Environment Captain
On Sunday 11 February, the world celebrated the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Created by the United Nations in 2015, this day annually acknowledges the critical role women and girls play in science and technology fields. In past decades, the global community has made valuable progress in engaging and empowering women and girls in science, as demonstrated by the 2018 Australian of the Year, Professor Michelle Yvonne Simmons. Her inspiring work in the area of quantum physics, a traditionally male-dominated field, is a great example of the capabilities of women in science.
Today, women and girls continue to be underrepresented in many areas of science, despite the tremendous breakthroughs they have made in this area. The celebration of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science will hopefully encourage more girls to enter the sciences as a lifetime profession. At Korowa, girls have the great opportunity to be a part of the young generation of scientists and explore a range of different sciences, with the addition of a STEAM lab and a forensic science elective.
Overall, this day invites women and girls around the world to dream big, realise their potential and achieve their ambitious goals in science.
Emily is a Year 12 student at Korowa Anglican Girls' School, studying Biology, and this year's Environment Captain. This year, students and alumni will again have the opportunity to celebrate International Women's Day at our annual IWD Breakfast on 15 March 2018.