The Spanish “11 de Febrero” initiative was born on September 2016 to commemorate the “International Day of Women and Girls in Science”.
In only a year and a half, the Initiative has become a benchmark in the dissemination of Women in Science issues, with over a thousand activities that will take place in Spain during February 2018. Hundreds of talks at schools given by female scientists or about the discoveries of female scientists will encourage girls to follow a scientific career and prevent a gender-biased next generation of scientists.
Exhibitions, science dating, gatherings to edit Wikipedia, round tables, storytellers, comic or video contests, and many other activities will contribute to make visible the contribution of women in science.
It is noteworthy that “11 de Febrero” is an open civic initiative launched and run by a few scientists and science communicators on a voluntary basis and without funding.
The initiative calls people, institutions, companies, schools, libraries, etc. to organize activities close to the 11th of February, announcing them on a web page (11defebrero.org) and on its social networks. The webpage offers as well a wealth of materials freely available to use in their activities.
The Spanish scientific community and the institutions have understood that each of us can make a difference and they are responding massively to the call, participating and organizing activities around the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.
The awareness that all this activity is generating will surely last much longer.