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UN International Day of Girls and Women in Science

Today, as we struggle against inequality in the field of science, we celebrate the UN International Day of Girls and Women in Science.  We have many fantastic Aussie scientists making a difference in our world today.  Looking through a brief period in time we are reminded of some great women scientists who made an impact on our world today.  

In the late 1800’s one determined Aussie woman decided to chase her dream of studying medicine.  Unable to do this in Australia in the late 1800’s, Emma Constance Stone travelled to Pennsylvania to study and in 1888 graduated M.D., Ch.M. with first-class honours from the University of Trinity College, Toronto, Canada.  Constance went on to London to work at the new hospital for women.  This experience inspired her to found a hospital for women by women in Melbourne.

In 1890, Constance returned to Australia after working in London and became the first woman to be registered with the Medical Board of Victoria.  Constance's sister, Clara followed in Constance's footsteps and was allowed to study in Australia in 1887. 

Constance was instrumental in the establishing the Victorian Medical Women’s society, hosting the first meeting at her home.  In September 1896 eleven of Melbourne's women doctors decided to found the Queen Victoria Hospital for women which opened in 1899.

Today, as we strive to see more girls and women engaged in science we can celebrate the efforts of Constance Stone who forged the way for women to study medicine in Australia.  The efforts of Constance, her sister, Clara and other women doctors at the time made an incredible contribution to the health of poor women in Melbourne.

It is stories like that of Constance that have made a difference to the world we live in today.

Happy International Day of Girls and Women in Science, let’s celebrate and find ways to engage and inspire more girls and women to take on science as a career.


Posted in News By Natalie Schweikert