In Celebration of International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Today we celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science. The day was first established on 22 December 2015 by the General Assembly of UNESCO through resolution A/RES/70/212, serves to recognize the critical role women play in sciences, and to promote full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls.

In the words of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres,

“To rise to the challenges of the 21st century, we need to harness our full potential. That requires dismantling gender stereotypes. On this International Day of Women and Girls in Science, let’s pledge to end the gender imbalance in science.” ~UN Secretary-General António Guterres

In a recent survey, it was discovered that less that 30% of researchers worldwide are women. Women were also found to publish less and were paid less.

In standards development and conformity assessment, we can support and pave the way for the next generation of women by

  1. Using gender inclusive language in our standards
  2. Ensuring all genders are equally represented in standards development
  3. Ensuring our processes are inclusive of the unique needs of all participants

Share your stories of success and support of women in science by tweeting, posting, and email Women in Standards and don’t forget to reach out to @WomenScienceDay to share your thoughts with the world.

Want to learn more and help support inclusion in standards? Check out the Women in Standards page ‘Inclusion in Standards resource page.

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