International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2021

women in science

Women and girls have a critical role to play in the field of science and in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. This has been clearly demonstrated since the outbreak of the pandemic with the vital role that women researchers and scientists have played in advancing scientific knowledge on the virus, in developing techniques for testing and in work to create the vaccine against the virus.

Over the past 15 years, great strides have been made in inspiring and engaging women and girls to work in science. Despite this, less than 30% of researchers worldwide are women at present. According to UNESCO data (2014-2016), only around 30% of all female students select STEM-related fields in higher education.

There are many varied and different careers available to women and girls in the field of science and the celebrations around International Day of Women and Girls in Science (11th February 2021) gives us the opportunity to highlight some of those vital roles and the fantastic contribution that women are making to the field of science.

Please take this opportunity to read the profiles of some of the women working in scientific roles across the Northern Care Alliance. These inspiring women have been at the forefront of the fight against the COVID pandemic.