Women in Science

Irrespective of the positive tendency to close the gender gap in science, there is still a long way to go.

Within STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), only 35% are women.

There are gender stereotypes that dissuade girls from pursuing STEM careers, since these are considered masculine. The schooling system, families and even peers usually perpetuate this stereotype. There is no biological evidence to support the idea of boys and men being more qualified than girls and women for STEM disciplines and careers.

Nowadays, there are more girls enrolled in schools, however, gender discrimination and inequalities faced through the different socialization processes, wards girls off STEM disciplines.

The L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science initiative is worth standing out. Founded in 1998, the Foundation seeks to recognize women researchers that through the scope of their work, have contributed to overcoming today's global challenge. Over a 100 scientists have been recognized, from 30 different countries, three of these were awarded Nobel Prizes.

Another remarkable initiative is SAGA (STEM and Gender Advancement). The main objective is to provide governments and decision makers with tools that contribute to closing the gender gap in ICTs areas existing at all levels of education and research. SAGA helps to increase visibility, participation and recognition of women’s contributions in STEM. Argentina and Uruguay are two pilot countries where SAGA focuses its work since 2015.

 

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