International Women’s Day will be recognized at Stony Brook University on Saturday, March 6, with the annual “Girl Power in STEM” symposium, co-presented by Brookhaven Women in Science (BWIS), Women in Science and Engineering (WISE), Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (GWISE) and the University of New Haven.
“Girl Power in STEM: “Choose to Challenge!” will take place virtually, from 9:30 am to 2 pm. It mirrors the national theme of International Women’s Day, proclaimed as United Nations Day for women’s rights on March 8.
The symposium will celebrate the accomplishments of women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. Lecturers and panelists will discuss the impact of women in STEM careers, on the work environment, and on the economy, and how we as a society can improve women participation in STEM fields.
Bringing together women from academia, government, and private sectors, the event will also help up-and-coming young professionals learn about women’s experiences in STEM. Discussions will challenge stereotypes, broaden perceptions and inspire people to be agents of change to continue to promote and sustain women in STEM fields.
International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Worldwide, people will come together to celebrate women’s achievements and rally for women’s equality.
The keynote speakers are Pamela McCauley, associate dean for Academic Programs, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Wilson College of Textiles at North Carolina State University, and Assunta Vigliante, CEO of Sirius X-ray Solution GmbH in Germany.