Women have been contributing to the development of science since ancient times. Till the end of the 20th century, women’s contributions were not recognized, and they were under-represented, even excluded from the scientific fields. According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, in 2020:
- Only 30% of all women students study STEM – Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
- Only 30% of researchers worldwide are women.
- Women in the STEM fields get paid less than their male peers, publish less, and do not progress or get promoted as male researchers.
“The under-representation of women in STEM translates into the loss of a critical mass of talent, thoughts, and ideas, which hinders countries from reaching their maximum development potential.”
The International Day of Women and Girls in Science, celebrated on February 11, is a day to recognize girls’ and women’s role in science and technology, promote gender equality, and advocate for equal access to STEM learning resources. The day was initiated by UNESCO and UN Women. The UN formally recognized it in 2015, to raise awareness of the gender gap and provide a platform for girls and women empowerment so that women will be more and more involved in science and scientific discoveries to improve our world.
The International Day of Women and Girls in Science encourages people to learn about women in science throughout history and recognize their contribution to the field, but it also an opportunity for smashing stereotypes and defeating discrimination against girls and women. In addition to participating in official events and lectures of UNESCO and other scientific institutes, you can celebrate the day on social media, using the #WomenInScience to tell the story of your favorite women scientists and pay a visit to statues that honor pioneer scientists.
– Science Kits –
– Posters –
– T-Shirts –
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