Women in science: A presentation for our advanced students
11 February 2019 markaki-students.blogspot.gr
Women and Girls in Science
Celebrating the international day with the B2 and C2-level groups in Markaki School
✤ 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.
✤ At present, less than 30 per cent of researchers worldwide are women.
According to UNESCO data (2014 - 2016), only around 30 per cent of
all female students select STEM-related fields in higher education.
Globally, female students’ enrolment is particularly low in ICT (3 per
cent), natural science, mathematics and statistics (5 per cent) and in
engineering, manufacturing and construction (8 per cent).
✤ Long-standing biases and gender stereotypes are steering
girls and women away from science related fields. As in the
real world, the world on screen reflects similar biases—the
2015 Gender Bias Without Borders study by the Geena
Davis Institute showed that of the onscreen characters with
an identifiable STEM job, only 12 per cent were women.
✤ 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.
✤ More about the Day on UN Women's website.
Turn the pages of this highly recommended iBook
on your iPads. The images that will follow have
been taken from this iBook.
Find out about:
What are the possible female roles
in today’s society?
What are the implications of each role?
✤ Scientist/ freelancer/ employee: work life
✤ Mother/ Single mother: time with her children
✤ Wife/ Partner: time with her companion
✤ Homemaker/ housewife: needs of the household
✤ A balanced individual with some free time: friends,
hobbies, social life, outings
What are the qualities any scientist
✤ Hard work: study, publications, conventions, research
✤ Persistence and perseverance: undaunted at the face
of adversity, overcoming obstacles
✤ Flexibility and adaptability: choosing ‘the next best
thing’ if it cannot be helped
✤ Setting high goals and working towards them
✤ Surrounding herself with the right mentors and
colleagues, which will pave the way to success
✤ Unconditional love for her selected scientific field
✤ Gender bias: more male researchers, especially in
✤ Intimidation by the plurality of roles women have to
✤ Social/ religious/ family limitations: science is regarded
as both unfeminine and nonconformist
✤ Finding adequate sponsorship
✤ Constant research and an incessant need to publish (the
“publish or perish” rule) — read more here:
✤ Raise public awareness through social events/ social
media campaigns/ talks at all kinds of schools
✤ Societies embracing open-mindedness and
✤ Special scholarships to those who deserve them
✤ Helpful, supportive, understanding life partners
✤ Family upbringing allowing girls to become passionate
about and make sacrifices for science
Suggested essay topic:
✤ It is a fact nowadays that the majority of researchers,
university professors and leaders of pioneering
institutes are men. Women are only a minority when it
comes to science. In your own words, analyze the
issue and give examples from your experience. What
are some steps which could be taken to encourage
women to venture into science more? Write at least
There are no
women in science,
Discuss this statement.