Today (February 11th) is UN International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

Even though women have made tremendous progress towards increasing their participation in higher education, they are still under-represented in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
In order to achieve full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls, and further achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, the United Nations General Assembly declared 11 February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science in 2015.
These facts from the United Nations show how stark the gap is:
  • Women are typically given smaller research grants than their male colleagues and, while they represent 33.3% of all researchers, only 12% of members of national science academies are women.
  • In cutting edge fields such as artificial intelligence, only one in five professionals (22%) is a woman.
  • Despite a shortage of skills in most of the technological fields driving the Fourth Industrial Revolution, women still account for only 28% of engineering graduates and 40% of graduates in computer science and informatics.
  • Female researchers tend to have shorter, less well-paid careers. Their work is underrepresented in high-profile journals and they are often passed over for promotion.

Despite these challenges, women are leading the way in tackling some of our greatest global challenges. For example, women in the UK’s STEM sector are playing a leading role in the fight against malaria, and around the world women are leading the way in scientific and technological innovation.

You can read more about this on the UN website here.

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