International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Next Friday, February 11th we are celebrating International Day of Women and Children in Science!

International Day of Women and Girls in Science is an important day which recognises the crucial role that women and girls play in science. This day is an opportunity to promote full and equal access to science for women and girls.

In an article written by the United Nations, we are informed that women are typically given smaller research grants than their male colleagues and, while they represent 33.3% of all researchers, only 12% of members of national science academies are women. Female researchers also tend to have shorter, less well-paid careers. Their work is underrepresented in high-profile journals, and they are often passed over for promotion.

According to UNESCO’s forthcoming Science Report, only 33 per cent of researchers are women, despite the fact that they represent 45 and 55 per cent of students at the Bachelor’s and Master’s levels of study respectively, and 44 per cent of those enrolled in PhD programmes.

This must change. On the 7th International Day of Women and Girls in Science, it is important that women and girls are recognised worldwide for their past, current and future achievements. As Dr Nisreen El Hashemite said, “every February 11th, we celebrate the achievements of women, known and unknown, remembered and forgotten, who have forged the way for those of us in science today.”

Women have led ground-breaking research into public health, vaccines, treatments and innovative technology, and been on the front lines of COVID-19 response as scientists, health care workers and more.

Let’s use next Friday to encourage and empower our women and girls who have a love and curiosity for science!

A way in which we can do this is suggested by our Head of Science, Mr Ortiz. Mr Ortiz recommends the fantastic National Museum of Natural Sciences here in Madrid. The museum regularly holds interesting activities and workshops for children aged four and up – perfect for widening and deepening students’ knowledge and interest in science.