Moving the Needle on International Day of Women and Girls in Science 

February 15, 2024

Women’s College Hospital celebrated International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2024 with a virtual panel featuring leading female scientists. From groundbreaking discoveries to heading top research institutes, our panelists showcased what it means to move the needle in science.

Established by the United Nations (UN), the annual International Day of Women and Girls in Science is dedicated to promoting gender equality in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and encouraging more women and girls to pursue careers in these areas. It aims to break down barriers and stereotypes that have historically limited the participation of women in STEM.  

The day is observed on February 11th to honour the birthday of Marie Curie, a pioneering physicist and chemist who made groundbreaking contributions to the fields of radioactivity and nuclear physics in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Marie Curie remains an inspirational figure for women in science. 

The theme this year was “Women and Girls in Science Leadership, a New Era for Sustainability.”   

Despite gains overall, women are still under-represented in leadership positions in STEM fields. On February 9, in celebration of this year’s theme, we brought together five women who lead some of the most prominent research institutes in the country, shattering stereotypes alongside the glass ceiling.

Hear their inspiring journeys of how they went from aspiring scientists to women at the forefront of groundbreaking scientific discoveries, all while tackling disparities and advocating for equity.

Learn more about our Panelists for 2024