The field of science is a good example of women doing great things. Science, especially paleontology, used to be heavily male-dominated. However, more and more women are making names for themselves in paleo and as time goes on, these numbers are only going to grow. When Gary and I go to events at museums and talk to children about dinosaurs, one would expect to see mostly little boys coming up to us to learn about dinosaurs. However, just as many dinosaur-obsessed little girls are present, as well, and it is wonderful. Check out future-paleontologist, Lacey, from Morristown's Dinosaur Day at our table in 2012, for instance! Also look at this amazing story about a little girl who took on a major shoe company for only selling dinosaur merchandise for boys! Awesome job!
I must admit that although I think bringing attention to Women's Day is a great thing, at the same time I wish it didn't have to be a thing at all. When people see a female paleontologist, or any other profession that is typically male-dominated, they shouldn't have to make a point to mention that she is a female, as if it were some sort of rarity. Check out this interesting article about strong women in fiction to get an idea of what I mean with regards to a different subject. In a some ways, every day should really be like women's day.
|Painting of Mary Anning by B.J. Donne. Mary Anning was one of the best fossil hunters of her time...and she was a tween.|
That being said, if you want some good examples of females in the field of Paleontology or other related scientific fields, simply check out the links I provided for you below. I have interviewed and made friends with many great scientists over the years, many of whom happen to be women.