Make a Splash on the February 11 International Day of Women and Girls in Science

The annual International Day of Women and Girls in Science will take place on Sunday, February 11, and you can join in by spotlighting the role your organization plays in advancing gender equity in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). You can try any or all of these:

Join the #ChooseScience Social-Media Showcase

At 11:00 a.m. in your local time on February 11, post a video with the #ChooseScience hashtag, highlighting a woman from your team who is a role model in science, technology, STEM education, organization leadership, etc.

In advance, you’ll want to sign up here with all the other participating science centers and museums around the world and then prepare a short, simple video in which she describes her background, explains why she chose science, and what she does every day at your science center or museum to inspire women and girls to #ChooseScience.


Example: My name is Nina Cameron. I am an astrophysicist and I chose science because _________. In my role as Planetarium Manager I connect people with the cosmos and help them discover the wonders of the universe in the planetarium at Glasgow Science Centre. I hope to inspire girls of all ages to reach for the stars, and for their chance to see them for themselves to choose science.  (Perhaps there is also footage of her doing her job as well as speaking to your social-media audience.)

Thank you to Glasgow Science Centre in Scotland for organizing this round-the-globe showcase!


Share Your Women and Girls in Science Stories

In the run-up to February 11’s International Day of Women and Girls in Science, you can post pictures, drawings, and videos to your social media or blog that show girls, young women, and women engaged in the programs, events, and exhibits that serve your community. You might even share a picture of all the women on your staff or all the young women in your teen program. You could highlight a different female staff member each day, or invite a Board member or community leader to explain the importance of your activities in engaging girls and women in science.



Share Your Colleagues’ Stories with #ChooseScienceCenters

Follow along with #ChooseScienceCenters to see the ways your friends at other institutions engage girls and women in STEM and ally yourself with the worldwide movement by reposting their stories and when they repost yours imagine all the new people you will reach with your message. ASTC will share it all, too, along with videos from woman scientists’ stories collected during the 2017 International Science Center and Science Museum Day.


Watch the ASTC Contribution

ASTC created a live, online event illustrating women’s achievements in science, including

    • From the New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn, New York, a program about and featuring Mary Walton, engineer and citizen scientist who raced (and beat!) Thomas Edison in solving the noise-pollution problem that plagued New York City’s elevated railroad
    • From The Bakken in Minneapolis, a science theater performances about Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein (published in 1818, 200 years ago), and the science that inspired her story
    • From UNESCO, a discussion with Theophania Chavatzia on the groundbreaking report Cracking the Code: Girls’ and Women’s Education in STEM, with a focus on digital skills and how theses are defined and measured.

Click here to see the event’s recording.


What Else?

If you have additional ideas for showing the world how science centers and museums are working toward gender equity in STEM, please write to me.


Walter Staveloz is ASTC’s director of international relations.