Women in Science

Women have made contributions to science from the earliest times, but there have very often been major barriers and obstacles placed in their path. Despite much progress over the centuries, many women are deterred from pursuing a career in science at the highest levels. Much more must be done to address the reasons behind this potential waste of human talent, and this page will provide links to international programmes encouraging women in science, and special actions taking place in 2015.

Despite accounting for nearly half of the college-educated workforce, women in 2010 accounted for less than one-third of S&E employment. Although the number of women in S&E jobs has risen significantly in the past two decades, the disparity has narrowed only modestly.

Source: NSF Science and Engineering Indicators Digest 2014
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Source: NSF Science and Engineering Indicators Digest 2014

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Despite accounting for nearly half of the college-educated workforce, women in 2010 accounted for less than one-third of S&E employment. Although the number of women in S&E jobs has risen significantly in the past two decades, the disparity has narrowed only modestly.