Every February 11th since 2016 has been dedicated to International Day of Women and Girls in Science.
This day has been created by UNESCO and UN-Women in collaboration institutions and civil society partners that aim to promote women and girls in science. This day is to promote full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls.
One of the ways South & City College celebrated this day as well as LGBT+ History Month was by inviting Dr Clara Barker to give a talk to our students at our Longbridge campus. Clara is a British engineer and material scientist and she currently manages the Centre for Applied Superconductivity within the Materials Department at Oxford University.
In 2017 she received the Points of Light award from the Prime Minister's Office for her work that raises awareness of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender issues within the University community and beyond.
Clara’s presentation talked about her entry into the field of science and also highlighted some of the incredible and inspiring women scientists who have changed our understanding of the world around us.
Clara talked about how growing up she didn’t see as many female role models in science and even though there are many incredible female scientists who have contributed massively to their fields, including the likes of Marie Curie, Dorothy Hodgkin and Rosalind Franklin, they weren’t as celebrated as their male counterparts.
She spends a lot of her time trying to be a visual figure of both women in science and LGBT+ scientists to ensure that younger women have a role model to look up to and to inspire them to pursue a career within a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) subject.
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