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Canadian Museum of Nature announces Enbridge Inc. as presenting sponsor of women in natural sciences exhibition

Dan Smythe © Canadian Museum of Nature

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Ottawa, October, 30, 2018 – The Canadian Museum of Nature is pleased to announce the support of Enbridge Inc. as presenting sponsor of the museum’s new exhibition that shares inspiring stories of Canadian women in science. 

Courage and Passion: Canadian Women in Natural Sciences profiles amazing women who have broken barriers to pursue their passion for science. It reveals the contributions of innovative trailblazers in science from the 17th century right up to present times. The exhibition, which opened July 28 and runs until March 31, 2019, also addresses the social and gender barriers these women faced, with contemporary insights to inspire girls and young women with an interest in science.

“Enbridge is pleased to support this exhibit in honour of the trail-breaking efforts of women in science,” said Roxanna Benoit, Vice President Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability. “We are proud to celebrate the history of these pioneering women, who not only contributed to such a diversity of scientific pursuits, but also put their energy into paving the way for future generations.”

“We are extremely grateful to Enbridge Inc. for its support in bringing the stories of these women to light,” says Meg Beckel, President and CEO of the Canadian Museum of Nature.

“Many of those featured in Courage and Passion pursued their work with little outside recognition, but their stories should be known by all Canadians, especially young people with a passion for science.”

The exhibition highlights trailblazers in numerous science disciplines, such as botany, zoology, geology, agriculture, physics, paleontology and even early medicine. A historical timeline introduces 20 key women scientists and their accomplishments. Artefacts, archival documents, specimens and videos help share their stories. A second section presents current opportunities in science—whether in the lab, in the field, in the classroom or in the boardroom—while challenging some of the gender stereotypes girls still face today. Throughout the exhibition, three young guides—a grade-schooler, a teen and a university student—share their take on women in science.

The exhibition was developed by the museum to mark 100 years since gender was removed as a barrier to voting in federal elections, effectively granting women the right to vote. The milestone was passed when the museum served as the temporary home for Parliament following the fire that destroyed the Centre Block in 1916.

Supporting sponsors for Courage and Passion are Lundin Mining and Sherritt International. The museum will host a special event celebrating the success of Courage and Passion on Tuesday, October 30.

For more information about Courage and Passion, visit nature.ca.

Media contact:
Dan Smythe
Media Relations
Canadian Museum of Nature
613-566-4781
dsmythe@nature.ca