On February 11 the International Day of Women and Girls is celebrated. It aims to ensure full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls. The probability for female students graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in science is 18%, while the male equivalent is 37%, according to a UN study from 14 countries. STEM is a term that is often used when referring to the academic disciplines of science.
Women are still not equal footing with men in STEM. Computing provides excellent career opportunities for women. 4 of the 20 highest paying jobs for women are in computing. The wage gap between the genders is smaller in STEM fields at just 14%. The global community has made a lot of effort in inspiring and engaging women and girls in science.
With Sustainable Development Goal 9, part of the Global Goals that world leaders agreed to in 2015 with a deadline of 2030, countries around the world have pledged to “build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation”. Improved recruitment, retention and promotion policies, as well as continuous learning and up-skilling for women can go a long way towards closing this gap.
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