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Courage and Passion: Canadian Women in Natural Sciences
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Courage and Passion: Canadian Women in Natural Sciences

July 28, 2018 – March 31, 2019

This exhibition celebrates Canadian women who broke barriers to pursue their passion for science.

Important Contributions
Each scientist brings her unique point of view, skill and brain power to understand and solve problems.

Pioneers in Equality of the Sexes
Despite challenges, women in science continue to chart a course for an exciting future.

A Large Choice of Careers
For the new generation, career opportunities are plentiful, making it possible to use a variety of skills.

Science in Action
Discover the work of women scientists today.
Dare yourself to face challenges:

  • Find what kind of scientist you are
  • Transform yourself into an expert and test your skills.

The exhibition may be closed occasionally for short periods because of special events.

Check the schedule upon your arrival at the museum.

Black and white photo of a woman sitting.

Writer and naturalist Catharine Parr Traill was one of the first settlers to publish in detail about Canada’s climate, plants and animals. © Library and Archives Canada 3420530

Black and white photo of a woman sitting at a desk.

At the time, women were not allowed to conduct fieldwork with male colleagues. Undaunted, Alice Wilson (1881–1964) worked closer to home, mapping more than 16 000 square kilometres of her local area by foot, bicycle, car and even canoe. © Open Canadian Governement License

A woman looking through binoculars.

Anne Innes Dagg was the first Western scientist to study animal behaviour in Africa. In 1956 she traveled solo to South Africa to study giraffes.

A diver in the water.

Kathy Conlan is considered one of Canada’s greatest explorers. Marine biologist at the museum, she works to understand how the Arctic and Antarctica are affected by environmental change. © Canadian Museum of Nature

A woman sitting in a cockpit.

Wanted: Women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Engineer, Astronaut and Governor General of Canada, Julie Payette’s stellar career has proven that an engineering degree can take you amazing places! © NASA

Three women in a laboratory.

Do you like to figure out how things work and explore the world around you? Are you interested in solving problems? Then science is for you. © Shutterstock/Blend Images