Upcoming event – Celebrating International Women’s Day

Women in Science Fair
Sunday 18th March, 1-3pm
Museum of Science and Industry, Castlefield

For International Women’s Day and National Science & Engineering Week 

Grace Hopperposter

Since March is the month of International Women’s Day, Manchester Girl Geeks is teaming up with the Museum of Science and Industry again to put on a fantastic afternoon at MOSI, where you can find out about how women were important in scientific discoveries!

Did you know that a woman invented the windscreen wiper, and liquid paper? Did you know that it was a woman who first discovered radioactivity, and coined the term? That a woman pioneered the use of graphs to represent statistical data? And a woman created the first computer compiler?

Florence Nightingale

On Sunday afternoon (1-3pm), we will be joined by some well-known (and not so well-known) female scientists, engineers and mathematicians from throughout history. Each will be represented by an actor, in the appropriate costume, to explain what it was like being a woman in their lifetime. We will also have Girl Geeks on hand to explain the science they were responsible for, and to provide some fun hands-on activities for you to take part in.


Entry to the event is free (no need to book!) and we recommend you combine it with a visit to MOSI to see their amazing other exhibits. Let us know if you’re attending: http://www.facebook.com/events/264021727007241/

If you want to share the event with friends and family, download our awesome poster (thanks to Andrew Taylor for the drawing!):

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4 Responses to Upcoming event – Celebrating International Women’s Day

  1. Nathan Briggs says:

    A woman did not invent pie charts. Nightingale was an exceptional student of disease, collected and presented data with great clarity, and responsible for saving hundreds of lives, but let’s not spread the myth she invented pie charts.

    The first record of what we now call a pie chart is Statistical Breviary (William Playfair, 1801).

    Nightingale used polar area diagrams in her 1858 work “Notes on Matters Affecting the Health, Efficiency, and Hospital Administration of the British Army”, the French mathematician André-Michel Guerry developed polar area diagrams in 1829.

    • Sam says:

      Thanks for the info, Nathan! We’ll try and clarify things! Cheers :)

      • Nathan Briggs says:

        Thanks, Sam, appreciate the clarification.

        (BTW, Admiral Hopper is one of my top heros :-) )

        Don’t remember having heard of Delia Derbyshire, thank you for introducing her to me.

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