Today we celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, an opportunity to inspire and promote full and equal inclusion of women and girls in the field.
Did you know that currently less than 30% of scientific researchers are women?
Despite growing numbers, women worldwide continue to face obstacles in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). According to data from the United Nations, enrollment of female students in higher education remains low:
- 8% in engineering, manufacturing, and construction.
- 5% in natural sciences, mathematics, and statistics.
- 3% in information and communications technology (ICT).
We know that gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls are enormous challenges. Still, they will contribute decisively to progress for all the Goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
To accomplish this task and break the gap that has persisted for years worldwide requires profound changes. That is why today we have joined this celebration, inviting Alliance women researchers to tell their stories. Stories of brilliant women being brilliant. Stories of girls’ dreams and how they became who they are today.
We know that girls need female role models that show they can be anything they want to be.
Meet the Alliance’s women scientists!
When I was younger, I wanted to improve public health by becoming a doctor.
I grew up to become an agricultural economist enthusiastic about healthy eating!
When I was younger, I never wanted to grow up, like Peter Pan.
I did eventually grow up… to become a Nutritional Scientist working for healthier diets and sustainable food systems.
Growing up, my dream was to become a Mathematician.
Now I am a Social Scientist leading our Climate Action team.
When I was younger, I thought I would keep people informed as a news anchor.
Now I am a research and development project coordinator for agriculture, food security, and climate change adaptation.
When I was younger, I wanted to become an environmental “Indiana Jane”.
With hard work and persistence, I became an Environmental Scientist.
I have always been fascinated by the intersection of nature, science, and economics.
At the Alliance, I’ve deepened my knowledge on agrobiodiversity and worked on a broad spectrum of issues touching development, genetics, and law.
When I was younger, I wanted to ride around the world on my scooter.
Now I travel the world as an Agricultural Economist! My work assesses how food system technologies and innovations impact the livelihoods of women, men, and youth.
As a child, I dreamt of an adventurous life.
I grew up to become a Genetic Resources Scientist.
My career enables me to travel the world to collect crop germplasm.
When I was younger, I aspired to be a scientist. I always joined my mother on her farm.
I am now fully committed to scientific work, researching bananas in intensification systems.
When I was younger, I thought I would become a primary school teacher.
Now I help my community as an Agri-climatology researcher.
As a child, I hoped to be an astronaut…
Today I am a Researcher working with satellite imagery and automated techniques.
As a girl, I wanted to be a farmer.
I grew up to become a rural sociologist, working closely with agricultural scientists and farmers.
Growing up, I wanted to become a marine biologist.
I did become a scientist, but now I research bananas and their close relative, enset!
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