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International Day of Women and Girls in Science

The United Nations have proclaimed February 11 the International Day of Women and Girls in Science aiming to ensure full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls.

The UN wants more women in science.

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The resolution was adopted by the UN General Assembly on December 22, 2015.

Aims to End Bias

"On this International Day, I urge commitment to end bias, greater investments in science, technology, engineering and math education for all women and girls as well as opportunities for their careers and longer-term professional advancement so that all can benefit from their ground-breaking future contributions," said UN Secretary-General, António Guterres.

Fewer Women in Science

According to a UN study from 14 countries, the probability for female students graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in science is 18%, while the male equivalent is 37%.

The resolution states that women continue to be excluded from participating fully in the economy even though representing half of the world's population and that women have a vital role to play and a right to participate in sustainable development policies, programs, and decision-making at all levels.

STEM

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is a term that is often used when referring to the academic disciplines of science. STEM education starts with young pupils in a blended learning environment, and the curriculum shows students how the scientific method can be applied to everyday life. It is often aimed to attract women and girls.

International Day of Women and Girls in Science Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2016ThuFeb 11International Day of Women and Girls in ScienceUnited Nations observance
2017SatFeb 11International Day of Women and Girls in ScienceUnited Nations observance
2018SunFeb 11International Day of Women and Girls in ScienceUnited Nations observance
2019MonFeb 11International Day of Women and Girls in ScienceUnited Nations observance
2020TueFeb 11International Day of Women and Girls in ScienceUnited Nations observance
2021ThuFeb 11International Day of Women and Girls in ScienceUnited Nations observance
2022FriFeb 11International Day of Women and Girls in ScienceUnited Nations observance
2023SatFeb 11International Day of Women and Girls in ScienceUnited Nations observance
2024SunFeb 11International Day of Women and Girls in ScienceUnited Nations observance
2025TueFeb 11International Day of Women and Girls in ScienceUnited Nations observance

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