On Saturday, February 11th, we celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, which was established by the United Nations General Assembly to promote full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls.
Did you know that in Australia, women make up just 13 percent of those working in science and technology? This is despite the fact that 75 percent of future careers will require some level of STEM literacy.
According to UN Women, globally only 33 percent of researchers are female. Overall, they are awarded less research funding than men and are less likely to be promoted.
This year, the theme of the day is I.D.E.A – Innovate. Demonstrate. Elevate. Advance. In honour of that theme, we are elevating the innovative women at the forefront of Parkinson’s research in Australia and their work to advance the field and find a cure. Many, many women are doing this work, and we commend them all.
Here are just a few of these trailblazers and more detail about their research.
You can learn more about the International Day of Women and Girls in Science and how you can get involved here.
Share the message on social with #WomenInScience and #February11 and tell us about any women you know who are shaking things up in the world of STEM.