In order to achieve full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls, and further achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/70/212 declaring February 11th as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.
In celebration of the the day the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Florida State University, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, and Tallahassee Community College have planned a series of events for various ages and interest levels. There is no need to RSVP to these events, merely show up and participate!
February 3: Young Scientists Event (in partnership with Daniel Tiger Be My Neighbor Day)
Age group: 5 and under + families
Location: Challenger Learning Center/Kleman Plaza
Time: 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Local Women in STEM student organizations will lead science demos appropriate for younger children and their families.
February 7: Soda Fountain Science
Age Group: Elementary and Middle school and families
Location: Lofty Pursuits
Time: 6:15 pm – 7:15 pm
MagLab Chemist, Amy McKenna, will share her insights about math as a language followed by fun hands-on science and math activities and informal conversations with women at various stages of their STEM careers.
February 8: Mentor Networking Event
Age group: Upper middle school, high school, and early college. Individuals who are seeking information about STEM careers.
Location: Tallahassee Community College
This mentoring session will be an opportunity for young women in middle school, high school, and early college who are considering science careers to directly interact with potential mentors. The event will begin with a panel discussion featuring 10 successful local women scientists. Students will have an opportunity to rotate tables and learn more about what careers are available, career pathways, obstacles women face, and how these individual women overcame obstacles to become successful scientists. They will also make contacts with women who can serve as advocates and facilitators for them as they move into college, university, and early career.