After many months, a few wrong turns and way too many coffees, the Franklin Women website is live! Hooray!The timing couldn't be more perfect. As we lead up to National Science Week http://www.scienceweek.net.au Australia is buzzing about Science. One of the best ways to celebrate the science is to celebrate the people who do it, regulate it, support it, talk it, dream it.... you get the gist. Although we have come a long way since Rosalind Franklin was doing science in the early 1900s, stereotypes for people working in science fields still exist today (sorry, Einstein). There are many things about the Einstein stereotype that don't align with the modern day scientist such as his age, his eccentricity and his chromosomes. Many great initiatives have come and gone over the years aimed at breaking down this dated stereotype. One recent initiative out of the Australian Academy of Science (AAS) is their Women in Science Wikibomb. http://www.science.org.au/node/324884 (OK, we didn’t know what a ‘wikibomb’ was either, but now we do and we love the idea!)
The AAS Wikibomb is addressing the under-representation of Wikipedia pages for Australian women who have made outstanding contributions to the sciences. On Thursday 14th August Wikipedia editors who have registered to take part will be building pages for nominated women. (If you are taking part in the Wikibomb we would love to hear from you firstname.lastname@example.org on how it went.)
The Women in Science Wikibomb segues nicely into what we hope to achieve through the Franklin Women blog. For one week a month a different Franklin Women member will take over the blog to document a bit about their career journey, what they do in their day job and what they do outside of their day job. We hope to achieve a few things by doing this.
One, share the amazing work done by our members which indirectly promotes the contributions of women working in health and medical research. Two, create awareness of different careers women in this field are pursuing, and three, maybe, just maybe, play just a little role in getting rid of that outdated stereotype.
Our founder, Melina Georgousakis, who started her science career in a medical research laboratory and now carries out health policy research, will be the first to take over the blog in August. We will let you know when her first blog is up.
In the meantime, take a look around our website. We hope you believe in what we are all about and want to join our community. We have big visions for Franklin Women and look forward to your feedback and ideas to help drive where we go and hope to meet you at our 'meet and greet' event in September (we think you will really enjoy our guest speaker).
See you soon! The Franklin Women team