Before getting to the science, here’s a little music in honour of March 8, 2017 International Women’s Day,
There is is a Wikipedia entry devoted to Rise Up (Parachute Club song), Note: Links have been removed<
“Rise Up” is a pop song recorded by the Canadian group Parachute Club on their self-titled 1983 album. It was produced and engineered by Daniel Lanois, and written by Parachute Club members Billy Bryans, Lauri Conger, Lorraine Segato and Steve Webster with lyrics contributed by filmmaker Lynne Fernie.
An upbeat call for peace, celebration, and “freedom / to love who we please,” the song was a national hit in Canada, and was hailed as a unique achievement in Canadian pop music:
“ Rarely does one experience a piece of music in white North America where the barrier between participant and observer breaks down. Rise Up rises right up and breaks down the wall. ”
According to Segato, the song was not written with any one individual group in mind, but as a universal anthem of freedom and equality; Fernie described the song’s lyrics as having been inspired in part by West Coast First Nations rituals in which young girls would “rise up” at dawn to adopt their adult names as a rite of passage.
It remains the band’s most famous song, and has been adopted as an activist anthem for causes as diverse as gay rights, feminism, anti-racism and the New Democratic Party. As well, the song’s reggae and soca-influenced rhythms made it the first significant commercial breakthrough for Caribbean music in Canada.
L’Oréal UNESCO For Women in Science
From a March 8, 2017 UNESCO press release (received via email),
Fifteen outstanding young women researchers, selected
among more than 250 candidates in the framework of the 19th edition of
the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science awards, will receive the
International Rising Talent fellowship during a gala on 21 March at the
hotel Pullman Tour Eiffel de Paris. By recognizing their achievements at
a key moment in their careers, the _For Women in Science programme aims
to help them pursue their research.
Since 1998, the L’Oréal-UNESCO _For Women in Science programme 
has highlighted the achievements of outstanding women scientists and
supported promising younger women who are in the early stages of their
scientific careers. Selected among the best national and regional
L’Oréal-UNESCO fellows, the International Rising Talents come from
all regions of the world (Africa and Arab States, Asia-Pacific, Europe,
Latin America and North America).
Together with the five laureates of the 2017 L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women
in Science awards , they will participate in a week of events,
training and exchanges that will culminate with the award ceremony on 23
March 2017 at the Mutualité in Paris.
The 2017 International Rising Talent are recognized for their work in
the following five categories:
WATCHING THE BRAIN AT WORK
* DOCTOR LORINA NACI, Canada
In a coma: is the patient conscious or unconscious? * ASSOCIATE
PROFESSOR MUIREANN IRISH, Australia
Recognizing Alzheimer’s before the first signs appear.
ON THE ROAD TO CONCEIVING NEW MEDICAL TREATMENTS
* DOCTOR HYUN LEE, Germany
Neurodegenerative diseases: untangling aggregated proteins.
* DOCTOR NAM-KYUNG YU, Republic of Korea
Rett syndrome: neuronal cells come under fire
* DOCTOR STEPHANIE FANUCCHI, South Africa
Better understanding the immune system.
* DOCTOR JULIA ETULAIN, Argentina
Better tissue healing.
Finding potential new sources of drugs
* DOCTOR RYM BEN SALLEM, Tunisia
New antibiotics are right under our feet.
* DOCTOR HAB JOANNA SULKOWSKA, Poland
Unraveling the secrets of entangled proteins.
GETTING TO THE HEART OF MATTER
* MS NAZEK EL-ATAB, United Arab Emirates
Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering
Miniaturizing electronics without losing memory.
* DOCTOR BILGE DEMIRKOZ, Turkey
Piercing the secrets of cosmic radiation.
* DOCTOR TAMARA ELZEIN, Lebanon
* DOCTOR RAN LONG, China
Unlocking the potential of energy resources with nanochemistry.
EXAMINING THE PAST TO SHED LIGHT ON THE FUTURE – OR VICE VERSA
* DOCTOR FERNANDA WERNECK, Brazil
Predicting how animal biodiversity will evolve.
* DOCTOR SAM GILES, United Kingdom
Taking another look at the evolution of vertebrates thanks to their
* DOCTOR ÁGNES KÓSPÁL, Hungary
Astronomy and Space Sciences
Looking at the birth of distant suns and planets to better understand
the solar system.
Congratulations to all of the winners!
You can find out more about these awards and others on the 2017 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards webpage or on the For Women In Science website. (Again in honour of the 2017 International Women’s Day, I was the 92758th signer of the For Women in Science Manifesto.)
International Women’s Day origins
Thank you to Wikipedia (Note: Links have been removed),
International Women’s Day (IWD), originally called International Working Women’s Day, is celebrated on March 8 every year. It commemorates the movement for women’s rights.
The earliest Women’s Day observance was held on February 28, 1909, in New York and organized by the Socialist Party of America. On March 8, 1917, in the capital of the Russian Empire, Petrograd, a demonstration of women textile workers began, covering the whole city. This was the beginning of the Russian Revolution. Seven days later, the Emperor of Russia Nicholas II abdicated and the provisional Government granted women the right to vote. March 8 was declared a national holiday in Soviet Russia in 1917. The day was predominantly celebrated by the socialist movement and communist countries until it was adopted in 1975 by the United Nations.
It seems only fitting to bookend this post with another song (Happy International Women’s Day March 8, 2017),
While the lyrics are unabashedly romantic, the video is surprisingly moody with a bit of a ‘stalker vive’ although it does end up with her holding centre stage while singing and bouncing around in time to Walking on Sunshine.