In Newfoundland, women are equally as educated as men, but 66% of minimum wage workers in our province are women, and the wage gap is the highest in Canada at 71.5 cents for every dollar earned by a man (1), (2). Women are a minority in STEM professions. Based on disparities in the distribution of domestic workloads and reduced career opportunities compared to men, this pandemic is expected to disproportionately hinder women’s STEM careers. Early evidence on the impact of the epidemic suggests women face disproportionate increases in caring responsibilities and disruptions to working hours, job security and paid work capacity (3), (4). Soapbox Science is a novel public outreach platform for promoting women scientists and the science they do. Public, young women and professional platforms need to fully acknowledge gender inequities as this pandemic is intensifying them.
In 2020 we brought the first Soapbox Science to St John's virtually and got impressive interest from women in science. We volunteered again this year, to put a spotlight on women in science and to provide role models for women with an interest in STEM.