International Day of Women and Girls in Science
February 11th marks this observance focused on encouraging women and girls to join the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. In addition to spotlighting the effort to get women and girls interested in STEM, it also promotes creating equal access to educational resources and opportunities in these fields.
Established in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly, the resolution including the International Day of Women and Girls in Science recognized, “that full and equal access to and participation in science, technology, and innovation for women and girls of all ages is imperative for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.” We still have a long way to go to achieve this goal, as according to UNESCO, only 35% of all students in STEM related fields of study are women.
Some of the efforts to raise this number include groups working against gender stereotypes, campaigns to motivate women and girls to join STEM programs, organizations that promote women in STEM, efforts to change cultural and social norms to promote gender equality, scholarships for women in STEM, and programs designed specifically for women and girls.
This year, you can help spread the word about the International Day of Women and Girls in Science by using the #WomenInScience hashtag and sharing our post about this day from the INSPYR Solutions social media accounts. Let’s get more women and girls interested in STEM!