Celebrating International Day of Women and Girls in Science

February 09, 2024

This February 11 marks the ninth annual International Day of Women and Girls in Science (IDWGS), a day that recognizes the important role that women and girls play in the science and technology community. While celebrating their accomplishments, IDWGS also aims to inspire action to achieve full and equal access, and participation of women in the science, technology, engineering and math fields. Thank you to our female faculty, staff and students who are helping us close the gender gap.

Hear from Lona Le, one of many remarkable female students from our School of Sustainable Energy Engineering as she reflects on her journey in STEM.  

Lona Le, Student, President of Sustainable Energy Engineering Student Society

Why did you pursue your studies in STEM? 

Math and science have entertained me from a young age. I’ve always enjoyed the challenging yet rewarding opportunities offered by STEM courses and programs. I decided to pursue my studies in STEM so that I can one day apply my skills to real-world innovation and solutions.

Who inspired you to be in STEM? 

My parents introduced me to math and science at an early age, and in doing so, taught me how to love the learning process. I would consider them my role models because they have shown me how to think not just critically, but also inquisitively, about the world around me. I believe this invoked my curiosity which led me into STEM. 

Why do you think the International Day of Women and Girls in Science is important?

Representation matters because there has never been a moment in time where women and girls were not overlooked or undermined in any STEM field. It is important to remind ourselves that we do have a place in these communities, and it is also a good time to honor the unspoken achievements of women from the past.

What advice do you have for women and girls who want to pursue a career in STEM?

Remember who you are and why you chose to be a part of STEM. Your femininity does not discount your capabilities nor your potential. There are no limits to what you can accomplish, as long as you stay true to yourself!