Today, we come together to honor a significant event – the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. February 11th marks a pivotal moment in our global calendar, a day where we shine a bright light on the remarkable contributions and achievements of women and girls in the field of science.

As we reflect on this day, we are reminded of the countless women and girls who have fearlessly pursued their passion for science, breaking barriers, defying stereotypes, and paving the way for future generations. Their dedication, perseverance, and unwavering commitment have not only enriched the world of science but have also transformed our understanding of the universe and improved the quality of life for countless individuals around the globe.

Today, we honor the trailblazers –  Marie Sklodowska-Curie, Rosalind Franklin, Grace Hopper – who dared to dream beyond societal expectations and blazed a trail for others to follow. Their stories inspire us to push the boundaries of what is possible and to never underestimate the power of our own potential.

But today is not only about celebrating the achievements of the past; it is also about empowering the scientists of the future – our young women and girls who are poised to make their mark on the world. Today, we reaffirm our commitment to providing them with the support, resources, and opportunities they need to thrive in the world of science.

We must encourage and mentor the next generation of female scientists, ensuring that they have the confidence to pursue their passions and the resilience to overcome any obstacles they may face along the way. By nurturing their curiosity, fostering their creativity, and instilling in them a love for discovery, we can unlock their full potential and unleash a wave of innovation that will shape the future of our world.

So, let us use this day as a catalyst for change – a day to inspire, to educate, and to advocate for gender equality in science. Let us celebrate the diversity of voices and perspectives that women and girls bring to the table, recognizing that true progress can only be achieved when we harness the talents of all individuals, regardless of gender.

Together, let us strive to build a world where every woman and girl has the opportunity to pursue her dreams and contribute her unique gifts to the scientific community. Let us work towards a future where gender no longer dictates one’s opportunities or success in the world of science.

On this International Day of Women and Girls in Science, young female researchers, doctoral candidates from Vilnius University and Kaunas University of Technology, came together and shared what science and their chosen path in doctoral studies mean to them.