Recently, three accomplished scientists hosted a conference called “Women who inspire: achievements and challenges” at the Cultural Center of Spain in Mexico. The event was held to mark the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, which is promoted by UNESCO and UN-Women. The conference aimed to motivate girls to pursue careers in science despite the common misconception that these fields are not for women.
The keynote speakers, Isabel Gómez, Érika Bustos, and Citlali Trueba, were all recipients of the L’Oréal-UNESCO-AMC Award. They shared their experiences with the audience and encouraged them to pursue their passion for science. The speakers emphasized the importance of promoting gender equality in technology and challenging the notion that women cannot succeed in these fields.
Isabel Gómez, a biologist, spoke about her journey of falling in love with science at a young age and overcoming challenges along the way. Citlali Trueba discussed her passion for biology and understanding how living beings work from within. Érika Bustos talked about her work in environmental electrochemistry and her dedication to designing surfaces that recognize and prevent contaminants.
The speakers’ messages inspired the girls in the audience to pursue their dreams in science. The event served as a reminder that women have made significant contributions to various fields of knowledge and continue to break barriers in science and technology.
In conclusion, this conference was an excellent opportunity for girls who aspire to pursue careers in science to hear from successful women who have faced similar challenges but have achieved great successes. The speakers encouraged young girls not only to follow their passions but also challenged them not to be limited by societal stereotypes or misconceptions about what they can achieve as women in science.