Fourteen Articles to Celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science


FRIDAY, February 11, 2022, is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, and Orion staff pulled together fifteen of our favorite features on female leadership in the sciences.



Chronicles of Ice by Gretel Ehrlich – November/December 2004 Issue

A meditation on the shrinking world embodied in the soul of a glacier.




Deep Intellect by Sy Montgomery – November/December 2011 Issue

Inside the mind of the octopus.




The Science of Citizenship by Belle Boggs – November/December 2013 Issue

What’s at stake when schools skimp on science?




10 Words Technology Borrowed From Nature by Sue Thomas – September/October 2015 Issue

An enumeration of adopted words.




Speaking of Nature by Robin Wall Kimmerer – March/April 2017 Issue

Finding language that affirms our kinship with the natural world.




The People’s Forest by Alexandra Tempus – Autumn 2018 Issue

How the Menominee are facing climate change.




Biking with Butterflies by Sara Dykman – Summer 2019 Issue

Seeing the world through the eyes of a monarch butterfly.






Swimming with Crocodiles by Anna Tsing and Niels Bubandt – Spring 2020 Issue

Nature is avenged by a prehistoric animal.





The Shadow of Humanity and the Spirit of Animals by Jane Goodall and Krista Tippet – Autumn 2020 Issue

A conversation.




Nature of Plastics by Meera Subramanian – Spring 2021 Issue

Explorations at the edge of the artificial.




Upriver by Rebecca Altman – Summer 2021 Issue

A researcher traces the legacy of plastics




Woman in the Woods by Sandra Steingraber – Summer 2021 Issue

A study of resilience in does and other female creatures.




First Passage (& Web Extra, “Notes from the Icebreaker”) by Elizabeth Rush – Summer 2021 Issue

A journey toward motherhood in the age of glacial loss.




What Slime Knows by Lacy Johnson – Autumn 2021 Issue

There is no hierarchy in the web of life.



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This is a collection of Orion Staff contributions.