International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2020: Raising up voices
February 11th is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, where worldwide, equality efforts are celebrated. Let us raise up the voices of some of our favorite women in tech and see what inspirational advice they have for other women, what challenges they have faced in their careers, who their current role models are, and what initially sparked their lifelong interest in tech.
On February 11th, the United Nations observes the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, celebrating efforts towards equal access to STEM fields for women around the globe. Women on Twitter are using the hashtag #WomenInScience to discuss their journey and help include other women in the conversation.
According to UNESCO’s research, today 35% of all students enrolled in STEM fields are women.
Our future will be marked by scientific and technological progress, which can only be achieved when women and girls are creators, owners, and leaders of science, technology and innovation. Bridging the gender gap in STEM is vital to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and for creating infrastructure, services and solutions that work for all people.
On 11 February, we’re celebrating International Day of Women and Girls in Science and calling on everyone to smash stereotypes, defy gender biases and defeat discrimination that hold women and girls back in STEM fields.
Happy #WomenInScience Day! 👩🔬👩🚀 Let’s smash stereotypes, defy gender bias and defeat discrimination that holds women and girls back in Science, Tech, Engineering and Math. pic.twitter.com/JwuAqtUT4F
— UN Women (@UN_Women) February 11, 2020
Our Women in Tech series highlights just some of the incredible women in the tech and STEM sectors. We explore their stories, influences, and advice they have for other women in the field or looking to get into tech.
Let’s have a look at some of the great minds we met.
For many, having a role model from a similar background as yourself is an important part of reaching your goals. Here are some of the aspirational people that women in tech look up to:
Dr. Mae Jemison, the first black female astronaut in space, is a role model I look up to and admire greatly. Her inspiring story shows how she overcame the stereotype of both her gender and her race to follow her dreams and travel to space! Mae has not only completed a successful space mission for NASA but has founded several foundations and non-profit organisations with the aim of advocating science education and getting minority students interested in science.
Grace Jansen, Developer Advocate at IBM
Also, I am happy to say that after speaking at some conferences I got exposed to more inspiring professionals in tech. This way I learned about Katrina Clokie and Charity Majors who are great role models for my interest fields.
Lina Zubyte, QA Consultant at ThoughtWorks
Megan Rapinoe has been impressing me lately. She can put herself in the limelight well, has political and social integrity, and can play fantastic football. Christine Nöstlinger was a great writer and woman, and raised me next to my mom. Simone de Beauvoir taught me at an early age that economic freedom is fundamental to personal freedom.
Birgit Krenn, Head of Manufacturing Science and Technology at the VTU Group