International Day of Women and Girls in science began as a resolution by the United Nations in 2015. The mission was to address the gender gap in STEM fields by celebrating the contributions and achievements of women in science.
19 years before Polish scientist Marie Curie’s discoveries of Polonium and Radium in 1868, Elizabeth Blackwell, born in Britain, became the first woman in the U.S. to be admitted and graduate from an American medical school. A century before Blackwell, Italian physicist Laura Bassi became the first woman to earn a doctorate in science. These are only a few of the women who have helped pave the way and inspire women in science who came after them.
While the gender gap in science still persists, women remain at the core of revolutionary breakthroughs in science. Most recently, it was the work of Dr. Kati Kariko, a Hungarian researcher whose life work has revolved around messenger-RNA, that paved the way for such rapid, yet successful creation of a COVID-19 vaccine (the first-ever used mRNA vaccine).
With the goal to globalize medical education, we have the fortunate position to witness the current, next, and future generation of women across the world make their dreams of becoming physicians a reality. Whether inspired by Bassi, Blackwell, or Curie, or just a relative, friend, or themselves, we wanted to spend this International Day of Women and Girls in Science by highlighting stories from our past visitors and AMO Ambassadors.
Read their stories below.
Beatriz, Brazil – AMO Ambassador and Photo/Blog Contest Winner July 2019
Besmira, Albania – AMO Ambassador
Bhageeta, Malaysia – AMO Ambassador
Reem, Saudi Arabia – AMO Ambassador
Blanca, Spain – AMO Ambassador
Noura, Jordan – AMO Ambassador
Ijeoma, Europe – AMO’s 2020 Photo/Blog Winner
Krystel, Ecuador – AMO Ambassador
Akanksha, India – AMO Photo/Blog Winner September 2019