Bahamian women are succeeding in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (S.T.E.A.M.), defying traditional expectations about gender and careers. Nonetheless, Bahamian women and girls still face many barriers to entry, including limited exposure to S.T.E.A.M. subjects and opportunities. Through discussion of the issues, we hope to clarify avenues for change:
Who and where are Bahamian women in S.T.E.A.M.?
What are the challenges facing women in S.T.E.A.M. in The Bahamas of 2019?
What opportunities exist for women and girls interested in pursuing careers in S.T.E.A.M.?
What do we need from our institutions to support women in S.T.E.A.M.?
What can we do to increase girls' awareness of the possibilities with S.T.E.A.M.?
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Women's Wednesdays was founded by Equality Bahamas as a response to community members' requests for a space to access resources, experts, and practitioners, share knowledge, and engage in conversation with one another. Officially started in May 2017, Women's Wednesdays highlights Bahamian women and our experiences in The Bahamas, specific to our identities including gender, race, sexuality, age, and ability. Held once per month at minimum, the events draw women together to have conversations that bring our individual lives into focus while connecting to family, community, and national narratives.
#WW242 intentionally centers and prioritizes women and girls, and is open to the public through in-person events, livestreams, and social media activity. With the support of the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, we create a safe space for knowledge-building, idea-sharing, critical dialogue, and movement-building.
Inspired by Equality Bahamas' Women's Wednesdays, there is now a similar initiative in Guyana, and other countries in the Caribbean are expected to follow.