Seventy female scientists from around the world will brave the harrowing four-day journey from Argentina to Antarctica to attend a three-week leadership bootcamp on the continent that will highlight climate change and women in the sciences. Two Australian women, Ashton Gainsford and Dr. Nicole Webster, both marine scientists, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that they will be part of the Homeward Bound trip with colleagues from around the world.
“We’re all connected through this one goal — to raise the profile of climate science and empower women along the way to be leaders and stay in science,” Gainsford said.
Gainsford noted that while women make up half the workforce, they are over-represented in disadvantaged workforces, the ones that will be most affected by climate change, a fact that will be highlighted by the trip taking place in the fastest-warming region of the world.
Webster, who has already completed a scientific trip to Antarctica in the early 2000s to study corals and sponges, said the continent was incredibly cold but described it as a “white wonderland” that was “incredibly beautiful.” On this trip, she hopes to learn more about how to take advantage of leadership opportunity that come her way without sacrificing them to care for her family.
“I want to take the next step and look beyond my specific science projects and actually find a path where I can make a bigger difference to a large number of people by still maintaining a work-life balance,” she said.
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