International Women’s Day



We strive for gender equality at the Grantham Centre, but it cannot be denied that we live in an unequal world. International Women’s Day was founded over a hundred years ago to fight for the right to vote and equal pay, but women still earn less than men14% less in the UK. The gap can be even worse for women of colour. With the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report findings telling us that gender parity is over 200 years away – there has never been a more important time to keep motivated and #PressforProgress.

We asked female Grantham Scholars, supervisors and staff to write something inspired by International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month. What we got was a diverse range of opinions and experiences, from a poetic call to action for women in STEM to fascinating glimpses into the life of female academics at the Grantham Centre. We will be adding stories here throughout the month.

Who better represents the patriarchy than a Republican Congressman who wants to defund Planned Parenthood? One of our scholars, Theresa Nelson, went to speak to Congressman Kelly about renewable energy and despite misgivings, had her faith in democracy renewed. Read more

What does social media have to do with natural disasters? Grantham Supervisor Diana Maynard works as part of a team that combines computer science with linguistics in order to save lives in the aftermath of disasters. Read more

Ever wonder what an Architectural Engineer does? Well Grantham Supervisor Dr Danielle Densley Tingley explains what she does, why she likes it, and how it relates to sustainability. Read more

Grantham Scholar Ling Min Tan has written a beautiful call to action, asking that women in STEM believe in themselves. Read more

Though her actual job title is Scholarship Programme Manager, Deborah Beck is the heart and soul of the Grantham Centre. For IWD she writes about how she ended up here, and demonstrates how a career path need not be linear. Read more

Education can be transformative. Grantham Scholar Mira reflects on how she learned to reflect on her status as a refugee, animal rights and being a woman. Read more