Florence Nightingale is widely known as the founder of modern nursing, but she was also a ground-breaking statistician who is credited with inventing the pie chart.
Florence Nightingale Day was launched in the U.S. in 2018 as a way to celebrate her legacy and encourage high school students, especially girls and members of minority groups, to follow in her footsteps. Since then, it has become an international one-day event with in-person and virtual activities for high school students organized at colleges and universities all over the world. In the U.S., it was celebrated at Ohio State University, Harvard University, and the University of Texas at Dallas in October 2022.
CANSSI is a major co-sponsor and co-organizer of Florence Nightingale Day together with the Caucus for Women in Statistics and the American Statistical Association. It’s part of our developing effort to attract under-represented and disadvantaged high school students to study statistical and data sciences. Our vision is to expand Florence Nightingale Day to become a national event involving high school students across Canada.
In February 2023, CANSSI will support events at Simon Fraser University and the University of Toronto. Our goal is to expand the number of sites each year.
Find out how you can participate in Florence Nightingale Day at Simon Fraser University on February 3.