Week of Activities | Women and Girls in Science

Interest in educating young people in science is long-standing at the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM). The archival exhibit on girls’ education amply demonstrated the breadth of subjects taught to the children. The curriculum developed by Mother Veronique du Crucifix as early as 1850 included many science components, including geography, botany, physics and chemistry.

In the run-up to the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, several activities are organized around the world over a period of ten days to arouse the interest of young people in science. With the pandemic, the last events were held more in virtual mode.

For example, the Faculty of Science of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) organized a Women and Girls in Science event in collaboration with the Montréal Science Centre. Video clips are still available here.

There is also a guide to conducting an experiment.

In addition, the Faculty of UQAM presents on its website some portraits of women in science (in French only – https://femmes.sciences.uqam.ca/). For its part, the Canadian government’s website is full of resources, presenting inspiring profiles in various forms (texts, videos, podcasts).