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8 03, 2015

International Women’s Day 2015

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Recognising the Role of Women in Science and Education

Today, March 8th is International Women’s Day.  A day for celebrating the role of women in society and for championing the continuing struggle for equality.  Although, the origins of this special day go back to pre World War One, the fight to recognise the role of women in society continues and we at Everything Dinosaur, with our female boss, take time out to recognise the immense contribution of women to the Earth Sciences and science teaching.  Our team members have been lucky enough to have worked with some of the most enthusiastic and engaging science teachers in the country.  This dedicated group, many of which, at the Primary School level at least are women, are tasked with enthusing and motivating the next generation of scientists.

Take for example, Miss Sparre, a Primary School teacher we met last week.  As part of her mixed Year 1/FS2 classes’s study of dinosaurs they had turned part of the classroom into a dinosaur museum.  The children were eager to show off their museum to our fossil expert who had come to the school to conduct a dinosaur workshop.

A Science Museum in the Classroom

Come to our dinosaur museum!

Come to our dinosaur museum!

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Young Megan, (aged five), had been to the “Jurassic Coast” of Dorset and found lots of amazing Ammonite and Belemnite fossils, she was delighted to be able to explain what the fossils mean and we presented her with a drawing of what an Ammonite looked like when it swam in the Mesozoic seas.  The contribution to science and education by women has been immense and with enthusiastic young Megan explaining that she too, wants to be a palaeontologist, the important role of women in science is set to continue.

8 03, 2015

Celebrating International Women’s Day

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March 8th International Women’s Day

Today, the 8th of March is celebrated all over the world as International Women’s Day, a celebration of the role of women in the world and highlighting welfare, social and other issues surrounding women’s rights. Although the origins of this day go back to the early years of the 20th Century,  the fight to give women equality is still extremely relevant today, perhaps even more so.  We at Everything Dinosaur, commemorate this date by recognising the contribution women have made and continue to make to science and to education.

Pushing back the boundaries of human understanding in the Earth sciences, today we pay tribute to the pioneering Marie Stopes, the famous suffragette and exponent of birth control.  Dr Stopes (1880-1958) was a highly respected palaeobotanist, who did much to improve our understanding of plant evolution.  She was the first female science lecturer at Manchester University and Everything Dinosaur team members have been privileged to have seen some of the prehistoric plant specimens that Marie herself studied as she strove to understand and date coal measures.

The Influential and Science Lecturing Pioneer  Marie Stopes

Campaigner, Scientist, Lecturer.

Campaigner, Scientist, Lecturer.

From the nursery and FS1 through to post-graduate and beyond we celebrate the role of women science teachers, your contribution to helping the wider population to understand and appreciate this amazing planet, in an astonishing universe is vital.  Long may women continue to lead the way in a number of academic fields.

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