Book Party Celebrates Women in STEM

On March 19, the Simmons Institute for Leadership and Change hosted a book launch party to celebrate the book Magnificent Minds: 16 Pioneering Women in Science and Medicine by author Penny Noyce. The new book recognizes the power of female role models for girls in science.

The launch party featured a panel discussion about the book and the importance of mentors. The book includes information about groundbreaking women in science such as: Florence Nightingale, who pioneered the use of statistics in public health; Marie Curie, the only person to have won the Nobel Prize in both physics and chemistry; and Lise Meitner, the first physicist who explained nuclear fission.

The panel included author Penny Noyce; Lonsdale Koester, Science Club for Girls (SCFG) executive director; Elizabeth Scott, Simmons College biology professor and SCFG mentor; and Nadwa Ibrahim ’18, recent SCFG alumna. They spoke about the pioneering women in Noyce’s book and the significance of role models.

“That’s exactly what Science Club for Girls does—girls are doing real science, supported by mentors who are high school, college and graduate students, and professional women—just like them,” said Koester.

Ibrahim ’18 shared her own experiences in SCFG beginning in sixth grade, with a Simmons College senior as a mentor. Both worked and learned in Scott’s laboratory at Simmons.

Science Club for Girls is an important partner of Simmons College, fostering confidence and meaningful programs for young girls in STEM. The Simmons Institute for Leadership and Change has hosted numerous SCFG events and is dedicated to the advancement of women and girls from all cultural and economic backgrounds.

“It’s institutions like Simmons that raise up today’s and tomorrow’s women leaders that make a real difference in the world,” said Koester.

(Top: (left to right) Lonsdale Koester, Penny Noyce, Nadwa Ibrahim, Elizabeth Scott. Photo credit: Diane Hammer)

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