International Day of Women and Girls in Science: “Push Your Passion”

Overcoming stereotypes and biases that still stand in the way of women’s careers in science: To achieve this goal, in 2015 the United Nations General Assembly established the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. The need to celebrate her emerges from what every woman and every scientist knows only too well: science is not a woman, and that is still not enough. Not because women are less prepared, the data suggest just the opposite, but because there is strong gender discrimination that relegates girls and women to the background.

To fill the void, the stories of those who, with their experience, overturned traditional expectations and pursued their own expectations. STEM track (Science, Technology, Engineering and MathematicsWith dedication and perseverance: Eleonora Pucciof the CVA Group, exercising a profession Operational technology in the quality, safety and environment sectorwith, in addition, the functions of internal trainer, inspector and auditor of Class III PPE according to ISO 45001, 14001 and 9001 standards. Her academic and professional background, as well as the challenges she faces, represent the most effective response to iterate what remains to be seen: Science is definitely “a women’s business”.

STEM jobs are still very rare among girls today: according to ISTAT data, 36.8% of STEM graduates are men, compared to 17% women. On the other hand, his academic career proves the opposite. Where and how is your course organized?

My curriculum, like mine, is illustrated and has its roots between science and art: on closer inspection, two worlds intertwine. Daughter of writers and technicians, I went to an art institute where I studied Improve different aspects of my creative personalitya, to a practical mineralogist, specialist in rocks and fossils at the University of Geosciences of Milan.

What are the main reasons why you chose to specialize in the STEM sector?

Choose to change the entire field of studyIt wasn’t easy at all. Although originally from Rome, we moved with my family to Valle d’Aosta when I was just over 4 years old, and always because of a particularly curious and practical personality, it was impossible for me not to fall in love with the landscape, with the secrets that its peaks and valleys hide beneath the surface. Between tectonic movements, metamorphic minerals and mysterious shell fossils hidden among the peaks. Long moments of discussion with my family and the teachers did the rest.

What are the biggest challenges and opportunities you have had the opportunity to encounter along the way?

I have met many of them and I know they are waiting for me. First of all, learn that this change must be experienced as a Extraordinary development opportunityAs a woman, as a human being and as an active member of society. I had to learn to deal with the feeling of inadequacy of certain technical environments that women inevitably stuck to their backs, and make it an added value.

In academic and professional choices related to STEM subjects, to what extent do they influence gender stereotypes according to which, too often, science is not a “woman’s affair”? How many are there in your house?

The greatest obstacle a woman has to overcome is directly proportional to the obstacle she stumbles over release level. Not only is science and technology a male-dominated field, let’s say that everything outside of the family or home economics is a field in which the presence of women can create shadows left by some colleagues of the sex opposite, they become intolerant. I was lucky, I had a family that supported my diversity so strongly, giving me the right keys to reading and personality, to never discourage me.

Henrietta Levitt was an American astronomer working at Harvard University as a computer scientist because women were not considered astronomers at the time. Caroline Herschel, astronomer and mathematician, was the first to discover a comet. But he lived in the shadow of his most famous brother. But where are we today with the emergence of women in the STEM sector?

Much has been done, but it would be hypocritical to say that we are nearing the finish line, especially in Italy. I live in a wonderful country, yet it maintains one very paternalistic lookwith roles and expectations for women that are not imposed in obscurity.

Today, you work with the CVA group: What do you do and what aspect of your job, in particular, connects you to the ambitions you had as a “girl in science”?

The company I work for has given me a lot. This increased my cultural background, allowing me to further specialize in technical issues related to health, safety and the environment. It has supported my professional skills by giving ample space and confidence in managing and organizing my work. Indeed, I consider myself a very lucky person, even if I think that each of us remains the author of his own career.

What do girls who want to start a career in STEM need to know today? Is there a specific message you would like to convey to them?

No matter how much they criticize you, how much they blame you, how much they try to banish you to a closed role or place, Defend your rights and your passion for science.

Quietly live life’s greatest adventure, the adventure of being yourself, without letting yourself be conditioned by what others want for you. Along the way, you will learn the art of courage and character development. The world needs you! (Source CVAenergieMag)