Celebrating Women in Science
Gender equality has come a long way in the last few decades, but women are still underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, and a cultural bias exists that discourages girls from exploring their interests in STEM subjects. The Connecticut Science Center’s Celebrating Women in Science initiative draws attention to the accomplishments of women in STEM and provides original programming to inspire girls and young women to pursue STEM fields of study and career paths.
The Science Center’s initiative reaches out, not only to girls, but to all of our visitors, teachers, staff, and members of our community to challenge the pervading stereotypes and connect young women to mentors, role models, and a community support system that will be critical to creating gender equality in STEM.
NEWS & EVENTS
- Check here for upcoming Women in Science events and opportunities at the Science Center.
- Weekends – Complete a Women in Science scavenger hunt on your next visit to the Science Center and enter to win a subscription to National Geographic magazine. Download the Form here.
Welcome to the Women in Science Staff Corner.
Many of the Connecticut Science Center’s Staff Scientists are women, and we would like to share some of our favorite things about science with you. Check this page for bi-monthly updates, including interviews, experiments, challenges, and more!
- Girls RISEnet: Girls RISEnet, a partnership between the Miami Science Museum, the Association of Science-Technology Centers, and SECME, Inc., is strengthening the professional capacity of informal science educators to engage and motivate minority girls in grades 6-12 to explore and pursue science and engineering careers.
- Ebony Horsewomen: The mission of the Ebony Horsewomen is to empower youth toward successful lives through the use of horses. Our goal is to provide Comprehensive Equine Education with profound benefits of Equine and Animal Assisted Growth and Learning, Equine Assisted Therapy, Horsemanship Training, and academic programming to build leaders, deter destructive behavior, and increase academic achievement.
- Girl Scouts of Connecticut: Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
- ManyMentors: Through the power of peer mentoring, ManyMentors will inspire, encourage, and support underrepresented middle and high school students’ interest in, pursuit, and attainment of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) degrees at universities across the country.
- The National Girls Collaborative Project: The National Girls Collaborative Project™ (NGCP) brings together organizations throughout the United States that are committed to informing and encouraging girls to pursue careers in STEM.
- American Association of University Women (AAUW): The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is the nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls. Since our founding in 1881, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day—educational, social, economic, and political.
- National Engineers Week Foundation: Engineers Week celebrates the positive contributions engineers make to society and is a catalyst for outreach across the country to kids and adults alike. Engineers Week is part of many corporate and government cultures and is celebrated on every U.S. engineering college campus.
- SciGirls on PBS: SciGirls is a new show for kids ages 8–12 that showcases bright, curious, real tween girls who put science and engineering to work in their everyday lives. Each half-hour episode follows a different group of middle school girls, whose eagerness to find answers to their questions will inspire your children to explore the world around them and discover that science and technology are everywhere!
- EngineerGirl: The EngineerGirl website is designed to bring national attention to the exciting opportunities that engineering represents for girls and women.
- uheart.wordpress.com/: Updates on health-related research by Dr. Beth Parker, Director for the Center for Health, Care and Well-Being at the University of Hartford and Director of Exercise Physiology Research at Hartford Hospital.