Monday was International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Celebrating the accomplishments of women in the science field while encouraging more to join.
Kelly Larson, Natural Science Instructor at John Wood Community College, said going through college she was one of few women in her sciences classes. Now, after 18 years of teaching she said the number of women taking sciences courses are increasing, especially in chemistry. However, she said there is still a lack in engineering and women obtaining STEM jobs. She said it’s importance that the science field is filled with both men and women.
“Men and women bring different things to the table even in the ways in which they think,” said Larson. “Women tend to bring a little bit better innate soft skills and so we may see things a little bit differently and think of things a little bit differently than men do.”
Hailey Alsup, a freshman nursing student, said her advice to young girls is never give up on science, even when it gets hard, because it will pay off.