Supporting Women and Girls in Science

The New England Aquarium is an institution that knows girl power! We’re proud to highlight that power today, the International Day of  Women and Girls in Science, a global initiative that aims to achieve gender equality through full and equal access to science for women and girls.

“Aquariums do more than just educate. We conserve, we inspire, and we empower,” said New England Aquarium President and CEO Vikki Spruill. “From the girls visiting the Aquarium on school trips to the dedicated scientists spending long days in the field to CEOs like me, we know women are a vital part of protecting our blue planet.”

The ocean belongs to everyone, men and women, boys and girls, and at the New England Aquarium, we are working hard to create an inclusive environment for visitors, volunteers, and employees alike. In a world where less than 30 percent of science jobs are filled by women, we’re proud that two-thirds of New England Aquarium employees are female!


See our staff and scientists on the job! 

Some other cool stats:

  • More than half of the staff at the Aquarium’s Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life is female.
  • 72 percent of Aquarium volunteers are women! 
  • Women scuba dive in every department here at the New England Aquarium, as both staff and volunteers, to help care for our animals.
  • Since it was founded, the Marine Conservation Action Fund has supported 53 conservation projects led or co-led by women around the world.

Hear straight from our female staff!

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    What Goes In, Must Come Out

    While many people feel a bit weird talking about this topic, poop is indeed a fact of animal life and good for the aquatic environment.

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  2. penguin looking at drone

    A Penguin Supercolony

    A previously unknown “supercolony” of 1.5 million Adélie penguins was discovered in 2018 on the Danger Islands, a cluster of islands off the tip of Antarctica.

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  3. katie in lab

    The Secrets of Seal Scat

    Scientists in the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life are using fecal samples to study the endocrinology of the northern fur seals living at the New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Center.

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