11th February is the United Nations International Day for Women and Girls in Science. A global movement to promote full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls.

“Science and gender equality are both vital for the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Over the past 15 years, the global community has made a lot of effort in inspiring and engaging women and girls in science. Yet women and girls continue to be excluded from participating fully in science.

In order to achieve full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls, and further achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/70/212 declaring 11 February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.”

Tackling some of the greatest challenges of the Agenda for Sustainable Development, from improving health to combating climate change, will rely on harnessing all talent. That means getting more women working in these fields.

Diversity in research expands the pool of talented researchers, bringing in fresh perspectives, talent and creativity. This day is a reminder that women and girls play a critical role in science and technology communities and that their participation should be strengthened.

To celebrate this day we have curated a collection of books that shine a light on successful women scientists, show girls enjoying STEM subjects, and encourage an interest in the world around them and how it works.

You can find more books in 50 fantastic new STEM books that celebrate Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths.

Find resources and support with the United Nations, including a science focused assembly to encourage girls to choose STEM subjects. www.un.org/en/observances/women-and-girls-in-science-day