Spotlight on Women and Girls in Science

This Monday was the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, and there is a lot to celebrate—and discuss—now and every day. At a time when less than 30 percent of researchers worldwide are women and girls and women still face biases, stereotypes, and barriers to entry both in education and in careers in science; we have a long way to go—but progress is being made, and has always been made, by determined girls and women.

Here are a few articles that captured our attention as we celebrate the intelligence, curiosity, and drive of girls and women; explore progress being made and issues that affect women and girls in science, and look at the contributions women have made in science throughout history.

7 Women Inspiring Twitter on the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, from Mashable—Twitter celebrated women scientists on the International Day of Women and Girls in Science with the hashtag #WomenInScience. Mashable shares the stories of seven remarkable women scientists.

Want to Be a Woman in Science? Here Is Advice From Those Who’ve Gone Before, from iAfrica—“Science can be like a family ... Surround yourself with excellence. This is especially important for women. Don’t underestimate yourself, aim high and be around people and colleagues who intellectually challenge you.”

Is This the Year of Women in Science?, from Forbes—Science educator Melanie Fine explores the limits in making any one year the “year of” women in science—and looks optimistically to continued gains for all women in scientific fields: “With the numbers of women entering scientific fields growing each year, there are now more women than men enrolled in the U.S. in both science-related bachelors and graduate degree programs. We should expect to see these numbers rise in the near future.”

This Is Why I’ve Written 500 Biographies of Female Scientists on Wikipedia, from The Independent—Jess Wade, a British physicist, discusses the importance of representation and her journey improving the representation of women scientists and engineers on: “The lack of diversity in science is more than just unfair – it impacts the science we do and the systems we create.”

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