International Day of Women and Girls in Science
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Ignites Us
The International Day of Women and Girls in Science is the 11th day of February, by resolution of the United Nations General Assembly on 22 December 2015. The day recognizes the critical role women and girls play in science and technology.
Less than 30 percent of researchers worldwide are women. According to UNESCO data only around 30% of all female students select STEM-related fields in higher education. Globally, female students’ enrollment is low (3 percent) in natural science, mathematics and statistics (5 percent) and in engineering, manufacturing and construction (8 percent). Long-standing biases and gender stereotypes are steering girls and women away from science related fields. As in the real world, the world on screen reflects similar biases—the 2015 Gender Bias Without Borders study by the Geena Davis Institute showed that of the onscreen characters with an identifiable STEM job, only 12 percent were women.
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 adopted resolution A/RES/70/212 declaring 11 February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.