International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Sema, Patata | February 13th, 2021

𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘭𝘥 𝘯𝘦𝘦𝘥𝘴 𝘴𝘤𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘤𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘯𝘦𝘦𝘥𝘴 𝘸𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘯 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘨𝘪𝘳𝘭𝘴. 


Decade after decade, women have continuously made groundbreaking research into various areas of science and data. Look around you - you’d be surprised to find out that a lot of the everyday items you have in your home were actually invented by such smart and talented women! The dishwasher? That’s Josephine Cochrane’s! Your average windshield wipers? You’ve got Mary Anderson to thank for that. Even our very computers - created by the amazing computer scientist and U.S. Navy admiral: Grace Hopper. From various medical treatments to modern technology, it’s no secret that women help make the world a lot better.


Today, as we celebrate The International Day of Women and Girls in Science, let us all honor the contributions women have made for science, technology, and above all: our global community. 


But wait! Perhaps you’re wondering: what about Filipina figures in Science? Well not to worry, we’ve got you covered! Get to know some of these lovely female powerhouses who continue to shape our country’s scientific community with their hard work and intelligence!


1.Remembered as the first Asian woman to be admitted into Harvard University, Del Mundo was also known to be an outstanding medical graduate from the University of the Philippines. Her other notable accomplishments include being the head of the Department of Pediatrics at Far Eastern University, founding The Children’s Medical Center, and establishing the Institute of Maternal and Child Health. Furthermore, Del Mundo is also lovingly remembered as a doctor who gave medical care to rural Filipino communities that suffered from dehydration and lack of concrete family planning programs.


As one of the pioneers in the world of Philippine medicine and public health, Fe Del Mundo continues to be an inspiring role model whose groundbreaking discoveries and contributions have helped pave the way for girls all across the country to keep holding onto their dreams.


2.Reinabelle Reyes is currently an associate professor for the National Institute of Physics in UP Diliman and a Practice Director for Data Science and Analytics for Z-Lift Solutions. Her love for science began at a young age. As a kid, her parents bought her a telescope and would take her to planetariums. She ended up studying at the Philippine Science High School and, eventually, at the Ateneo de Manila University where she finished summa cum laude. 


For her doctoral studies, she made it to Princeton University where she would achieve arguably her biggest scientific accomplishment – a paper entitled “Confirmation of general relativity on large scale from weak lensing and galaxy velocities.” By completing it, she earned herself the title “The Filipina who proved Einstein right.” Instead of choosing to stay in the United States and pursue astrophysics, she chose to come home and become a professor and data analyst. She also began the blog “Pinoy Scientists,” a page that showcases the accomplishments and opinions of local science professionals.


3.Lourdes Cruz was a former professor in the University of the Philippines and is one of the 41 Philippine National Scientists. Her research and discoveries on the Conus geographus, a local marine snail, widely influenced the way we study neuronal calcium channels, among others.


For her research, she was given many awards of recognition, including, but not limited to: the L’Oreal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science, the Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Services Award by the TOWNS Foundation and Lions Club, and the Outstanding ASEAN Scientist Technologist Award.


Sources:

https://www.unwomen.org/en/news/in-focus/international-day-of-women-and-girls-in-science

https://www.hws.edu/about/blackwell/del_mundo.aspx

https://www.asianscientist.com/2016/02/features/asias-rising-scientists-reina-reyes/

https://www.dost.gov.ph/knowledge-resources/news/35-2012-news/228-national-scientist-lourdes-cruz-heads-dost-research-council.html



Keyword: women,girls,science,empowerment

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