To mark International Day of Women & Girls in Science, our CEO, Dr. Sarah Kelly, shares her thoughts on how far science has come and how far there is to go when it comes to gender parity & visibility in the scientific fields:
👉🏽Science historically reflected society, not capability, which is why history seems to be filled with male scientific achievements. Even when women managed to wrangle their way into that field, it was in an unacknowledged capacity, and often – even if they contributed equally or discovered a great deal more insight – the men got the credit because the idea of a woman in science was just not culturally comprehensible. There are always, in every field, exceptions: extraordinary women who pushed through to the fore by relentless determination, unmistakeable genius, or even sometimes by having the luck to be ‘taken on’ by an open-minded and influential patron. But if even they are considered a niche corner of the history books, how many brilliant female minds were completely overlooked or underused?
👉🏽Society has been changing and I have seen first hand in my own college experience, and as a lecturer, that the numbers are starting to move toward a more equal balance.
👉🏽 Science IS genderless – that is an objective fact. But because we are only beginning to evolve toward equity and visibility on a more noticeable scale, it is important that the idea of science as an uninteresting, inaccessible or undesirable field for women is snuffed out.
👉🏽This means magnifying the contributions of women, making space and conscious effort in creating a gender balance at first….and when this is common place, gender will not matter and such measures won’t need to be given such a push. Science will simply be science, attracting inquisitive minds and personalities compatible with the work.