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Celebrating Women's History in STEM

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For more than a century, March has been a time to celebrate women’s contributions to historic and current society, as well as to highlight and protest continuing inequality around the world. International Women’s Day, March 8, dates back to the establishment of women’s suffrage in Russia. Here in the United States, Congress authorized the proclamation of Women’s History Week in 1981, and in 1987, the entire month of March was formally designed Women’s History Month. 

Here at The Franklin Institute, we celebrate women’s contributions to science all year long, and during the month of March we especially enjoy highlighting the work of some of Philadelphia’s many amazing women scientists.  

On Thursday, March 4, Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts chatted with Emory University astrochemist Ayanna Jones talked about life elsewhere in the universe and the challenges of being a woman of color in the sciences. View on our YouTube channel.

On Monday, March 8, we are calling all kids! Got questions about vaccines? Join Chief Bioscientist Dr. Jayatri Das and a young guest co-host to talk about how vaccines protect us, the trailblazing women scientists who made the new vaccines possible, and how we'll know that they are safe for children.Watch on our Facebook Page.

Coming up in April, The Franklin Institute Awards will celebrate outstanding achievements in science, engineering and industry. Past Laureates include Marie CurieJane GoodallFrances Arnold and scores more remarkable women whose life work has changed the course of human discovery and advancement!

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March 2, 2021, 09:56am