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International Year of Women in Statistics and Data Science
Join ISI in celebrating the International Year of Women in Statistics and Data Science (#IYWSDS) from May 2020 through July 2021. The IYWSDS was launched on 12 May 2020 with commemorating the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth.

Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale (12 May 1820 – 13 August 1910) was a pioneer in the development of statistical graphics to visually represent data and developed diagrams called coxcombs and used them to illustrate the various causes of death during the Crimean War.

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Ways to participate


ISBIS webinar 'Leading Women in Business and Industrial Statistics' by Nalini Ravishanker, on 23 March 2021.

ISI & Esri Spatial Thinking Student Competition.

ISBIS webinar Quantitative Finance and the Critical Role of Statistics and Data Science by Kathy Ensor, ASA President-Elect and ASMBI Editor, on 22 January, 2021.

Florence Nightingale: How she used, managed and explained data to save lives - Lunch & Learn: Special Keynote Speaker, Dr. Noel-Ann Bradshaw on Florence Nightingale – 18 November 2020.

63rd ISI World Statistics Congress 2021 (WSC 2021) including topics related to Florence Nightingale and History of Women in Statistics.

Webinar ‘The Social Structure of Financial Network’, featuring Antonietta Mira and Federica Bianchi, 1 December 2020. ISBIS webinar series ‘Leading Women in Business and Industrial Statistics’ series.

3rd LISA 2020 Symposium: Connecting to Build Capacity to Transform Evidence into Action & Celebrate the International Year of Women in Statistics and Data Science”.

Session ‘Human Health and Environmental Factors' (Celebrating Women in Statistics and the Environment), TIES virtual Conference, 2-4 December 2020.

Myles Hollander Distinguished Lectureship with Nancy Reid as the inaugural speaker – view the lecture and slides.

ISI participation in the UN World Data Forum.

Virtual event on the future of federal statistics in honor of the World Statistics Day 2020.

As first activity of the IYWSDS, the following five presentations about Florence Nightingale, the ISI & the ISI WSC 2021 specially written and recorded for the ISI were made available.

Interesting reads & Stats+Stories

The Recent (Regrettable) Rise of Race Science - Stats + Stories Episode 173 with Angela Saini.

Love, Sex and the Pandemic - Stats + Stories Episode 175 with Debby Herbenick.

Migration Math - Stats + Short Stories Episode 179 with Marie McAuliffe.

An Anti-Racist Approach to Data Science - Stats + Short Stories Episode 180 with Emily Hadley.

Women in Statistics: Esri’s interactive map with interesting facts about distinguished women in statistics.

Octopus: A New Way To Publish - Stats + Stories Episode 170 with Alexandra Freeman.

The Statistics of the (Stay-at-Home) Year - Stats + Stories Episode 169 with Jennifer Rogers.

How We Understand Uncertainty - Stats + Stories Episode 168 with Alexandra Freeman and Claudia Schneider.

The Last Legs of Local Journalism - Stats + Stories Episode 166 with Penelope Abernathy.

The Women of Hull House - Stats + Short Stories Episode 165 with Sharon Lohr.

Teaching Statistics After Apartheid - Stats + Stories Episode 161 - Stats + Stories Episode 161 with Delia North, 22 October

Big Data and Big Laughs - Stats + Stories Episode 157 with Timandra Harkness, 24 September

Statisticians React to the News - Stats + Stories Episode 155 with Ashley Steel, 10 September 2020.

19th Century Data Visualization - Stats + Stories Episode 154 with Alison Hedley, 3 September 2020.

The State of Human Rights in the Pandemic - Stats + Stories Episode 151 with Megan Price, 13 August 2020.

Messaging Medicine - Stats + Stories Episode 150 with Sandra Alba, 6 August 2020.

Official Statistics in Asia and the Pacific - Stats+Stories episode 148 with Gemma Van Halderen, 23 July 2020.

Big Data Policing - Stats+Stories episode 143 with Sarah Brayne, 18 June 2020.

ISLP newsletter including a story about Florence Nightingale.

Women Trailblazers in the Statistical Profession by Lynne Billard & Katherine Wallman, International Statistical Review, June 2020.

A tribute to Florence Nightingale through fascinating objects by Andrew Preston, Daily Mail Online, 16 May 2020.

The Lady with the Lamp - Stats+Stories episode 139 with Lynn MacDonald, 14 May 2020.

Significance: Special Issue on Florence Nightingale - Volume 17, issue 2, April 2020.

The statistical thinking and ideas of Florence Nightingale and Victorian politicians by M. Eileen Magnello, Radical Statistics, Issue 102.

The Caucus for Women in Statistics - Happy 200th Birthday Florence Nightingale!

Working Group on IYWSDS

The Working Group on the IYWSDS was created to promote and strengthen the representation of women in statistics and data science and to contribute to the celebration of the IYWSDS from 12 May 2020 through 16 July 2021 (the end date of the WSC 2021).