International Day of Women and Girls in Science

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2023 Date11 February 2023
2024 Date11 February 2024
International Day of Women and Girls in Science

International Day of Women and Girls in Science History

International Day of Women and Girls in Science seeks to recognize the achievements of women and girls in science. This day encourages more women and girls to seek out STEM-related fields. STEM includes the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics. According to the U.S. Census, in 2021, women made up only 27% of those employed in science and engineering occupations. This day also aims to promote gender equality and eliminate discrimination.

International Day of Women and Girls in Science was established in 2015 by the U.N General Assembly. It is observed annually on February 11th.

International Day of Women and Girls in Science Facts

  • The theme for the International Day of Women and Girls in Science in 2021 was Women Scientists at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19.
  • According to UNESCO, fewer than 30% of researchers worldwide are women. Additionally, only 35% of all students enrolled in STEM-related fields worldwide are women.
  • Three focus areas highlighted in the 2020 International Day of Women and Girls in Science Assembly were:
    1) The role of women in science and how they may improve green regulatory and policy framework.
    2) The promoting of innovative green investments for women and girls in science.
    3) The advancement of national-level women in a scientific capacity.

International Day of Women and Girls in Science Top Events and Things to Do

  • Learn more about the history of untold Women in Science and Technology as several women from the Obama White House Administration tell stories of their personal heroes across the STEM field.
  • Discover 12 notable women in STEM who have made a lasting impact on history.
  • Learn how to get children interested in STEM. Some tips include cooking and baking as the mixing and measuring of values can create an interest in science. Other tips include using more math in everyday life. Discover more tips.

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