Celebrating Women and Girls in STEM

Kate Hartness

Head of Marketing & Communications
BG&E
As 2022 continues to rush by at a fleeting rate, it’s important to pause and reflect on initiatives that are improving the lives of people around the world. On Friday 11 February, BG&E proudly celebrated the United Nations’ International Day of Women and Girls in Science, a initiative that was created to help drive equal access and participation for women and girls in all fields of science.

We recognise the importance of inclusion – for everyone – and we are mindful of the work that we need to continue to undertake to specifically improve gender balance, as well as to support society in trying to attract more women and girls into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Women and girls represent approximately half of the world’s population, yet much work needs to be done to help realise their potential.

  • Women are typically given smaller research grants than their male colleagues and, while they represent 33.3 per cent of all researchers, only 12 per cent of members of national science academies are women.
  • In fields such as Artificial Intelligence, only one in five professionals (22 per cent) are women.
  • Despite a shortage of skills in most of the technological fields, globally women account for only 28 per cent of engineering graduates and 40 per cent of graduates in Computer Science and Informatics.

A big ‘shout out’ to all of the women at BG&E who are helping to bridge the gap in gender equality and for making outstanding contributions to STEM. Well done.

We invite you to take a couple of minutes and watch this video and to get to know some other remarkable women in STEM.

Copyright: Video is courtesy of the United Nations General Assembly for Women and Girls.

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