During the past month of February more than just carnivals have been celebrated throughout Spain. On 11 February, towns and cities all over the country also commemorated the United Nations’ International Day of Women and Girls in Science. This initiative has been developed by researchers, scientific communicators and teachers, but it is also open to anyone who has an interesting proposal. The program was filled with more than one thousand very creative activities. The goal is to give visibility to the work of women scientists, and also to promote a culture of gender equality in scientific research. It is part of a movement that seeks to break down the walls that women and girls face in the world of science.
Hundreds of lectures and workshops were given at various locations ranging from schools and hospitals to research centers and even social places like bars. This project also encourages women scientists to make popular science videos and upload them to YouTube, so that science begins to have more of a female face. Those people who did not have the opportunity to attend the activities and want to learn more about them, can tune into the recorded radio programs or visit the official website at: 11defebrero.org. In the end it is hoped that a greater influence of feminine energy in all branches of science will bring us scientific progress that is more intuitive.