International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Today marks the first International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

In the United Nations dedication it states that the achievements of women in all areas of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) have been very poorly acknowledged in the past, compared to the achievements of male colleagues.

In response to this the United Nations General Assembly declared the 11th February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science in order to achieve full and equal access to, and full participation for, women and girls in science.

They state that science and gender equality are both vital to achieving international sustainable development.

According to a study deployed across 14 different countries the probability of female students graduating with a Bachelor's, Master's and Doctor's degree in science-related fields is just 18%, 8% and 2% whereas the percentage for male students is 37%, 18%, and 6%.

Gender inequality is being recognised more and more by many businesses and organisations and more business leaders are proactively trying to address the problem.

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