Closing the GAPS for International Women’s Day

Photograph: Mind the Gap, courtesy of Jorge Gonzalez (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Photograph: Mind the Gap, courtesy of Jorge Gonzalez (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Today is International Women’s Day! And this year’s theme is #ChooseToChallenge.

From the International Women’s Day official site:

“A challenged world is an alert world… We can all chose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality… Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world. From challenge comes change, so let’s all choose to challenge.”

International Women’s Day Website

Here at Rocky Mountain Wild, we’ve chosen to challenge the gender bias in our field by developing a program to support paid internships and provide empowering real-world work experiences for people from marginalized genders exploring careers in biology and science.

When we began the program in 2016, it was called 100 Women for the Wild and focused its efforts on women in STEM, but since then, it’s had a name change and overhaul to become the Gender Advancement and Parity in STEM (GAPS) program, focused on all marginalized genders.

Each year, as a group, we raise funds to support one or more internship positions at Rocky Mountain Wild. The interns these funds support work with our team members to conduct field research, work on GIS projects, create communications materials, or even create a new advocacy project (as Gabby did).

Collectively, we believe we can help bring about gender parity and advancement in STEM careers.

In her own words

Here are some previous interns, funded through the GAPS program, in their own words:

Tessa Lightfoot: The End of an Internship

Gabby Vermeire: One Woman for the Wild

Support the program

Donate to the program today! Select “Gender Advancement and Parity in STEM (GAPS)” under “Direct My Donation” to support this program and the internships it provides.

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