Trailblazing asks the question, “What has it meant to be a woman in Canada throughout its 150-year history?”
Curator Issy Worrall says, "What I love most about this exhibit is it doesn't lump women into one category. It recognizes individual groups and different experiences based on different classes, different races, different geopolitical locations. So, it actually caters to a very broad audience."
The success of Trailblazing was not limited to the interactive exhibits but extended into a dynamic and engaging suite of programming.
The partnership between Science World and Acuitas Therapeutics became a catalyst for a three-part sold-out speaker series, celebrating local women making significant strides in STEAM fields, showcasing the importance of diverse voices in pushing their respective fields forward.
These popular events garnered impressive enthusiasm from attendees, who provided testimonials like, “My two friends and I took our 13-year-old daughters to the event. It was nice to spend the evening doing something special with them, and it was a great way to expose them to positive role models.”
And, “My biggest takeaway was we all have a voice, and we need to use it!”
Trailblazing exemplifies how partnerships between science centres and private companies can break down barriers, foster inclusivity, and create opportunities for diverse stories to take centre stage.
Which, with the urgent need for nerdy thinking in addressing the most pressing issues of our time, such as economic challenges, climate change, and global health, is a necessary focus in BC and beyond.
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