February | Women in STEM

This Month is Proudly Sponsored By

Hurtigruten Expeditions is today the world’s largest and leading expedition cruise company.

“Being the godmothers of MS Fridtjof Nansen gives us a strengthened platform from which to work for increased global awareness and dialogue around climate change – and to inspire action and engage more ambassadors for nature. We are living in a time of great change with all industries and people being impacted by both  the Covid Crisis and the Climate Change crisis. Our aim has been to bridge science and community science, and to connect these spheres with NGOs, governments, and the corporate world. People need information and inspiration. We spent time in the polar winter nights to shed light on some critically important questions:  How do we, as a world community, best gather the strength of science and amateur scientists, and industries and other stakeholders, to solve the challenges we face together. By partnering with Hurtigruten Expeditions, we will support their efforts in utilizing sustainable tourism as a tool for change.” – Hilde and Sunniva.

On 11 February, the United Nations, partners worldwide, women and girls will mark the International Day of Women and Girls in ScienceThe Day focuses on the reality that science and gender equality are both vital for the achievement of internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

Change never happens over-night but it does always start with us.

Everyday, women in science and exploration are expanding our knowledge of the world. Whether it’s by conditioning or ‘bred in the bone’, ample research shows us that women are more collaborative, inclusive, legacy minded and trusted with assets (money and people). We make statistically significantly better leaders on 12 out of 16 well acknowledged leadership attributes. It’s time to let our world view of leadership emerge. Yet we encounter gender bias at every turn. Even as the world faces new, unprecedented challenges, women’s work is under-funded and cited less than men’s work of equal merit. This must change.

Hearts in the Ice is exceptionally proud to have the support of Hurtigruten for the month of February as we celebrate all women in STEM, of all races, backgrounds, ages and abilities!

Let’s all of us commit to reaching down a hand to help a young girl up!

In order to achieve full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls, and further achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, the UN General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/70/212 declaring 11 February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

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