#February11
Día Internacional de la Mujer y la Niña en la Ciencia
Международный день женщин и девочек в науке
Journée Internationale des Femmes et des Filles de Science
妇女和女童参与科学国际日
International Day of
Women and Girls in Science
اليوم الدولي للمرأة والفتاة في ميدان العلوم
Girls in Science
Global
Background:

Women Scientists are making progress in breaking down the stereotypical image of a scientist, but some preconceived notions and biases still remain. Despite innovative
programming and messaging of girls in science fields and images of women as scientists, children and adults alike still view the image of a male as representative of science.

Profiles and social images of female scientists appear in entertainment media is one of the focus of RASIT and its Women in Science International League. Although RASIT is
doing great advocacy to promote and empower women in science, our psychosocial field studies show that image of the typical woman scientist is also a big part of the reason
more women and girls don’t go into careers in science or technology.

Further, most people don’t consciously discourage girls from taking math or science classes, or pursuing careers in engineering or technology. But the women in science
social images in media send a powerful message. People conjure up a woman scientist, not beautiful with crazy hair, glasses, lab coat, and that does not appeal to really
anybody, let alone young women.  That’s the knee jerk reaction and RASIT have done research showing if you ask people just to draw a woman scientist, that’s what they
draw.

RASIT conducted an experiment, in which young women were ushered into two separate rooms and given a survey about their career choices. In one room, they were
surrounded by images depicting female scientists at work. In the other, the images were for nicely dressed female scientists with hair style and makeup. The girls and young
women in the second room highly expressed their interest to careers in science and technology.

The questions raised here are:
    1) What role the Celebrities may play in recognizing the achievements of Women Scientists and encouraging girls into fields related to science?
    2) How media and celebrities can popularize science in a society?
    3) How media can present professional women scientists in a style, that will portray them as role models to motivate girls into science?
    4) How can media and celebrities inspire girls into scientific fields?
    5) How can media expand the public perceptions of women scientists?


Role of Media:

Media has a great and direct impact on societies and its development.  In addition to its role in bridging the world, the entertainment media including cinema and television
drama, and through its celebrities, has a crucial psychological and sociological influence in educating and making individuals.

Although entertainment media has succeeded in addressing many issues, the media gender stereotyping found in portrayals of women in general and women in science in
particular have played a significant negative impact on the participation of young women and girls in science.  

Considering the fundamental role entertainment media in national and international development programs, and that for United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda to
become a reality in every country, the identified issues that impede the role of women in science, economy, humanitarian outreach, health, and global strategies should be
addressed and acknowledged by celebrities


The Campaign:

RASIT is launching its “Girls in Science” Campaign to encourage girls to choose science.  The campaign aims to highlight on:
  1. Role of Media in Empowering Women and Girls in Science,
  2. Celebrities Role and Social Responsibilities in empowering women and girls in science for sustainable development,
  3. Women in Science achievements and contribution to development,  
  4. Presenting Women in Science as role model for children,
  5. Popularize Science among children,
  6. Importance of Science in daily life: starting with medicine to technology and internet,
  7. Importance of acknowledging Science Teachers,
  8. The need to better Science Policy Interface, starting with Science curriculum, and
  9. The need to achieve equality in education and parity in opportunities.


RASIT appeals for: Heads of States and Governments, Ministers and Diplomates, Senior Officials of Intergovernmental Organizations, Professionals, Private Sector, Civil
Society, and Media Professionals, Industry and Celebrities, to active engagement in this campaign, and hope that each will contribute his/her thoughts, experiences, and
advocacy efforts to directly influence the perception of women and girls in science for sustainable development and elevate the contributions of women in science, past,
present and future, that equitably reflects the aspirations and ambitions of all global citizens.


How to Support?

Please video your pledge (I.... Support Girls in Science) and send it to girlsinscience@rasit.org

- write the pledge on a paper, take a picture while holding it and post it on twitter post it mentioning @Girls4GirlsSci by using the hashtag(s) .

Campaign's Twitter account: @Girls4GirlsSci
You may use any of the following hashtags
    #GirlsScienceDay
    #February11
    #Girls4GirlsinScience
    #Women4GirlsinScience
    #Boys4GirlsinScience
    #ScienceEducation4Girls
THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING GIRLS IN SCIENCE
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