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Heard about International Day of Women & Girls in Science?

Heard about International Day of Women & Girls in Science?

 February 03, 2022

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Championing equality in science, technology, engineering and mathematic (STEM) roles is vital in order to progress internationally agreed development goals, as well as creating a gender equal world. 

International Day of Women & Girls in Science takes place in the second week of February and focuses on advocating STEM careers for girls and women. 

While women have made strides within the field across the United States – according to the U.S. Census Bureau, women evolved from 8 per cent of STEM workers in 1970 to 27 per cent in 2019 – men still dominate the field, comprising 73 percent of all STEM workers in the country.

And, sadly, UNESCO reminds that just a mere 30% of the world’s researchers are in fact women.

Women in STEM are agents of change

“Don't let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. It's your place in the world; it's your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live," said Mae Jemison, the first African American woman astronaut in space. Inspiring words indeed. 

Indeed, International Day of Women & Girls in Science recognizes the role of women and girls in science, not only as beneficiaries but also as agents of change. This year’s topic focuses on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: Water Unites Us and reminds that billions of people around the world are unable to access safely managed household drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene services unless progress rates quadruple. Rising demand, poor management, and failure to conserve water resources, compounded by climate change, represent key challenges, urgently requiring a new sustainable holistic approach to support aligning strategies on water.

The theme aims to highlight role of women and girls in science, not only as beneficiaries, but also as agents of change, including in view of accelerating progress.

Connecting with women around the world 

International Day of Women & Girls in Science encourages employers to connect with women in science and female youth pursuing STEM careers in developed and developing countries and to support them in their journey.

Recognizing the role of women in science as agents of change is a key way to accelerate progress, and organizations and individuals are encouraged to make a pledge for equality. 

Unleash your talent through your own STEM career 

Working for an employer that champions women in STEM is an empowering experience. 

Bridge the gender equality gap in STEM and take your career to a prime employer today. 


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