On Tuesday, 11 February, we acknowledged and celebrated International Day of Women and Girls in Science!
The world needs science, and science needs women and girls.
Today, just 30% of researchers worldwide are women, and only 35% of all students enrolled in STEM related fields of study are women.
Recent studies have found that women in STEM fields publish less, are paid less for their research, and do not progress as far as men in their careers.
Girls are often made to believe they are not smart enough for STEM, or that boys and men have a natural affinity for the field.
Despite these setbacks, women and girls continue to lead innovation and ground-breaking research. Did you know, at Girls Grammar approximately 80% of senior school students undertake STEM subjects as part of their curriculum?
We celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science and we call on everyone to smash stereotypes, defy gender biases and defeat discrimination that hold women and girls back in STEM fields.
We encourage you all to try something new and get involved within the scientific community. Maybe that means researching something in STEM you find interesting or getting involved in your local science initiatives such as joining a science club.
STEAM Committee Prefect