International Day of Women and Girls in Science
The International Day of Women and Girls in Science is held annually on February 11th, by resolution of the United Nations General Assembly on December 22, 2015. The day recognizes the critical role women and girls play in science and technology.
The world needs science and science needs women and girls! Only 30% of researchers worldwide are women, and only 35% of all students enrolled in STEM related fields of study are women (United Nations). Students have found that women in STEM fields publish less, are paid less for their research, and do not progress as far as men in their careers. Girls are often made to believe they are not smart enough for STEM, or that boys and men have natural affinity for the field.
Despite these barriers, women and girls are leading with innovation and ground-breaking research. They are developing life-saving medications and breaking the sound barrier. Women are inspiring role models for future generations. We celebrate their accomplishments on February 11th and invite everyone to smash stereotypes, defy gender biases and defeat discrimination that hold women and girls back in STEM fields.