The United Nations General Assembly declared 11 February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science to help achieve equal access and participation in science for women and girls, and further achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. A significant gender gap has persisted throughout the years at all levels of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines all over the world. Even though women have made tremendous progress towards increasing their participation in higher education, they are still under-represented in these fields.
The number of women working, studying and researching in science fields needs to increase significantly over the next few years, as they have a huge role in pushing science forward. We need more girls and women in science and we can support this by encouraging young girls to choose careers in science and showing them female role models who made significant contributions to the world of science.
Let’s take a look at some women role models in science.
Marie Curie: Together with her husband, she was awarded half of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1903 for their study into spontaneous radiation.
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