11th February is the United Nations International Day for Women and Girls in Science.
“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.”
This day is an opportunity to promote full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls.
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 which celebrate #WomenInScience, join the conversation.