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.
Pioneer Marie Stopes Helped to Encourage More Women into Science Careers
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.