Happy International Women’s Day 2023. For International Women’s Day and beyond, let’s all fully #EmbraceEquity The ASP celebrate all #WomenInSTEM and want to highlight our awesome #womeninparasitology their achievements and how they are changing the world one parasite at a time!
Following the first female ASP Fellow, Dr Mabel Josephine Mackerras (1896-1971) who was awarded a Fellow of the ASP in 1967, the next female ASP Fellow was Dr Carol A Behm FASP. Carol was awarded a Fellow of the ASP in 1999. Carol received a BSc (Hons) in Cell Biology and Zoology and a PhD from The Australian National University, in which she studied biochemistry of tapeworms. After several years’ teaching and research at the University of Malaya, she returned to the Department of Zoology at The Australian National University to investigate biochemistry of helminth parasites. In 1987 Dr Behm commenced a lectureship in the Department of Biochemistry, where she taught cell biology and biochemistry while continuing research in helminth biochemistry and host pathophysiology. She held an ARC Senior Research Fellowship from 1992-1997. Carol’s research has focussed on aspects of nematode molecular biology, using the powerful model organism, Caenorhabditis elegans. In 1992 Carol became President of the ASP, the first woman to hold this position. To read more about Dr Carol Behm see our ASP Fellow’s pages https://www.parasite.org.au/the-society/fellows-of-the-society/carol-a-behm-fasp-1999/
For International Women’s Day the IWD 2023 campaign theme is #EmbraceEquity
We can all truly embrace equity.
It’s not just something we say. It’s not just something we write about.
It’s something we need to think about, know, and embrace.
It’s what we believe in, unconditionally. Equity means creating an inclusive world.