International day of women and girls in science (11 February), Katia and Maurice Krafft, volcanology, printmaking illustration,

International days/weeks are opportunities to educate the public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources to address global problems and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity, writes the UN. Gender equality is one of those issues that many quickly dismiss. As if some parts of the world having more rights means that we don’t have to look at the facts to strive for a better world. A few years ago, I read “Invisible women” by Caroline Criado Perez and it was a shocking eye-opener.

While researching all the cool women in science, their achievements and struggles, I came across Katia Krafft, and right away I couldn’t stop the urge to create something based on their story.
Katia Krafft, a chemist and photographer, studied active volcanoes for decades together with her husband Maurice. They wrote several books (which I can’t seem to find) and created documentaries to inform the public about the destruction- and the importance of science, education, and evacuation.

My initial plan was to make one illustration about a woman in science to post on this day, but I got carried away and now I only have bits of chaos to show- or a work in progress, as that might sound slightly more elegant lol.

… to be continued, that’s for sure!


Katia and Maurice Krafft, volcanologist, volcano illustration, women in science,

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