International Women's Day 2019

International Women’s Day is a worldwide celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Celebrated this year on March 8, it also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. It formally started in 1911 in Europe and today it has a global reach.

In the spirit of advancing the dialogue and commitment to gender balance in society, GVU asked its community a simple question: Who is your heroine and why? The answers included highly successful public figures, historical visionaries, advocates, mothers, wives, teachers, and exactly one world poker champion.

As a top research organization in human-centered technology, our community includes leaders in their own right, advancing ambitious and life-changing innovations for the betterment of society. A full one third of our affiliated faculty are women.

We invite you to learn about some of our community’s heroines and leave inspired as they have been, and to continue the conversation through the year.







Did You Know?

GVU collaborates with researchers across a number of Georgia Tech degree programs, and several of those programs enroll high numbers of women. As of fall 2018, women in the Ph.D. Human-Centered Computing program are enrolled at almost a 2-1 ratio compared to men (20-12), and there are 50% more women than men in the MS-HCI program (75-46). About one in four current students in the College of Computing's largest Ph.D. program, Computer Science, are women (44-189).








Just For Fun

This year’s IWD coincides with the theatrical release of the first movie in the Marvel film franchise that stars a solo superheroine. Captain Marvel is played by actress Brie Larson who is pictured below. We took current and past research from our community and mapped it to an image of Larson. You can find close to 1000 researchers from years’ past in this data visualization. Highlight a name to find them on the image. Hover on the highlighted dots for more info. and click the dot to make the details box interactive.