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Celebrating International Day of Women and Girls in Science

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Today, the United Nations, its global partners, and females all over the world are honoring the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

Every February 11, the United Nations observes the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.  The primary focus of this day is to highlight the reality that science and gender parity are both necessary to achieve the goals set out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

One of the main goals of this day is to challenge the stereotypes and biases that dissuade young women from pursuing studies and work in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Marth) fields.  This approach is important because, according to data from the UN Scientific Education and Cultural Organization, less than 30% of global researchers are female, and only 30% of female students select STEM-related fields in college and university studies.

In a joint message from Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women and Audrey Azoulay, the Director-General of UNESCO, they highlight the importance of females entering the male-dominated STEM fields:

“Women’s and girls’ voices and expertise in science, technology and innovation are vital to bring solutions to the disruptive change in our rapidly evolving world. We urgently need to close the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields and actively promote gender equality in science, technology and innovation careers.”

We at The Maria Sanchez Show hope you will join us as we observe this International Day of Women and Girls in Science.  Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown.   Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PST/7:00 p.m. EST.

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