This week we are celebrating International Day of Women & Girls in Science by showcasing some of our fab TOG student ambassadors, studying science subjects at Oxford Uni.
Let me introduce you to some of our STEM superstars:
Nadja Yang, DPhil Engineering Science, @nadja.yang
"According to the Women's Engineering Society's statistics document, 12.37% of engineers in the UK are female in 2018. This gender gap is a huge issue with economic and social justice implications. That's why my @eyengineers team is working on a Gender Equality Project for more Women in STEM with Members of the European Parliament in hope of reducing this gap through effective, incentivising policies. Please drop me a line if you share this mission!"
Annie Shaw, DPhil in Molecular Cell Biology @an.oxfordscientist
"It's so important for young women to have female scientists to look up to, to show them what possibilities are out there and inspire them to follow their passions and make a difference. We need science to face the challenges of a modern society, and young women should be encouraged to be a part of that!"
Bridget Donaldson, MSc Energy Systems Engineering @life.with.bee
"Science helps us understand humanity. It comprises the fundamental building blocks of our daily lives as humans, from boiling the kettle in the morning to turning on your laptop. Science is behind everything we do. The road to a career in science has not always been easy for women and girls and hopefully this International Day for Women & Girls in science will help inspire young women and girls, help them see that the pathway into a science career is not always linear but is always open!"
Elizabeth Horton, DPhil in Medical Sciences @liz.thescientist
"A career in science has the opportunity to directly benefit human health, as seen during the covid-19 pandemic. Many female scientists have been at the forefront of this, such as Sarah Gilbert, the scientist behind the Oxford Vaccine. As more and more women pursue and champion careers in science, we can make tangible change against gender roles and stereotypes, and make what once was a male-dominated career into just a career."
Chloe Cassaro, DPhil Interdisciplinary Biosciences @micro_scientist
"The Nobel prize in chemistry 2020 has been awarded to two very inspiring women, paving the way to greatness for us girls. Nobel prizes have thankfully increasingly been won by women over the past decades, for our great contributions to knowledge and exciting discoveries, and I can only hope more girls will join us in the pursuit for excellence in STEM!"
Ella Greenwood, undergraduate Chemistry at Pembroke College @ella.does.chemistry
"I don’t think there’s been a better time to see why studying STEM is so important. It encompasses so many fields, and there really is something for everyone."
More coming this weekend!