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#WomenInScience: why today is an important celebration for women

People around the world are celebrating International Day of Women and Girls in Science

#WomenInScience: why today is an important celebration for women

Women do it all: including science. So why not celebrate it?

Today is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science – where the world honours the amazing contributions made by female scientists and fights for their equal representation in STEM.

The United Nations will be holding a virtual conference to celebrate females in science, with the 2021 theme focusing on female frontline workers and their critical role in the fight against Covid-19.

Social media is also being used as a tool to honor these female scientists and to educate others on their massive, historical achievements: #WomenInStem and #WomenInScienceDay have been trending globally on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok, with a myriad of brands and individuals posting the hashtag to show their support.

Gender equality in science is also a hot topic – with those on [and off] social media uniting together to tear down long-standing gender biases that exclude women and girls from STEM-related fields.

According to the UN and UNESCO data, less than 30 per cent of researchers worldwide are women and only 30 percent of female students select STEM-related fields in higher education.

In terms of gender stereotypes, 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 per cent were women.

In short – in order to achieve true gender equality in science – we as a society must celebrate and support females in STEM more than one day a year. Those with a platform on social media are encouraged to speak up and celebrate the achievements of women – not just in science – but in all that they do.