Happy International Women’s Day 2021. This week we celebrate #WomenInSTEM and our awesome #womeninparasitology their achievements and how they are changing the world one parasite at a time!
Dr Mabel Josephine Mackerras (1896-1971) was was an Australian parasitologist, zoologist and entomologist. She made contributions to the study of the blood parasites of Australian marine fish, the malaria parasite and the parasites of Australian mammals. The rat lung-worm, Angiostrongylus mackerrasae, whose life cycle she elucidated, was named after her. Dr Jo Macckerras was awarded a Fellow of the ASP in 1967, one of the first three ASP Fellows and the first female ASP Fellow and is the featured image for this post. To read more about Dr Jo Mackerras see our ASP Fellow’s pages https://www.parasite.org.au/the-society/fellows-of-the-society/jo-mackerras-fasp-1967/
For International Women’s Day the IWD 2021 campaign theme is #ChooseToChallenge
A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day.
We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world.
From challenge comes change, so let’s all choose to challenge.