The world celebrated Women and Girls in Science Day on 11 February 2020. Implemented by UNESCO and UN-Women, this day was initiated to give women and girls in science full support and equal rights. UNESCO decided in 2015, that an annual International Day be dedicated to the role that women and girls play in STEM, the acronym for study and work in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, as they realized gender equality is imperative to achieving excellence in these fields.
Equality in STEM
When the UN General Assembly came together in December 2015, they reaffirmed their decisions for the “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” This project calls for a decade of action through global action, local action and people action, in order to achieve the goals that were set. The main aims of this project are to tackle poverty, empower women and girls and address the growing climate emergency. The agenda provides a strategy for a sustainable, productive, healthy and peaceful world.
In order to achieve these goals, it was clear that something had to be done to support and encourage women and girls in science. Factors such as girls not being represented in media in STEM jobs were found to be a key reason. The Geena Davis Institute found that only 12% of science-related roles on the big screen were played by females. Another study by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, found that only 30% of the researchers in the world are female.
The General Assembly invites everyone to observe the International Day of Women and Girls in Science to recognize their achievements, support them in further accomplishments and to promote and encourage further participation and career development.
We can do our part
The special day might have come and gone, but the message remains and should grow from strength to strength with every year and with every ear who hears it. We need to come together and end the gender imbalance in science and promote equity throughout all STEM fields. Science and Technology Australia’s website has a list of quotes and encouraging words from our country’s very own Superstars of STEM.
At STEMmates, we want to do our part and cultivate curiosity, imagination and passion for STEM. We aim to inspire young learners to- in the words of Dr. Laura Kuhar, one of the Superstars of STEM – “Step outside of your comfort zone early and often, because that’s one of the best ways to GROW!”
Our courses are designed to spark an interest in STEM subjects with hands-on methods and activity-based learning. In addition to fundamental concepts and principles of STEM, we promote communication, critical thinking, problem-solving and teamwork – soft skills that are crucial for the jobs and economy of the future.
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