February 11th is International Day of Women and Girls in Science, a day to recognize the significant role women and girls play in the science and technology communities. Even though women have made tremendous progress towards increasing their participation in higher education, they are still under-represented in these fields. The United Nations has recognized that full and equal access to and participation in science, technology and innovation for women and girls of all ages is imperative for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.

Women have contributed immensely to the behavioral healthcare field. A few notable contributors include:

  • Anna Freud:
    A pioneering psychologist, Anna Freud made major contributions to the field of psychoanalysis, especially in child psychology. Her work focused on understanding the emotional development of children.
  • Elisabeth Kübler-Ross:
    Renowned for her work on grief and the stages of dying, Kübler-Ross significantly influenced the field of psychiatry. Her model, known as the Kübler-Ross model, has been widely used in understanding the emotional process of individuals facing terminal illness.
  • Virginia Satir:
    A respected family therapist, Satir was a key figure in the development of family systems therapy. She emphasized the importance of communication and self-esteem within family dynamics.
  • Judith Herman:
    A psychiatrist and trauma expert, Herman has played a crucial role in advancing the understanding of trauma and its effects on mental health. Her work has significantly influenced the treatment of trauma survivors.
The annual celebration of International Day of Women and Girls in Science shows the global community’s interest in transforming our world through achieving gender parity in educational opportunity and scientific participation and preparation.

Celebrating women’s contributions to behavioral health: Happy International Day of Women and Girls in Science