Today, February 11, 2019, is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, an annual occasion established in 2015 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to support and promote the access of women and girls and their participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, training and research activities at all levels. Now in its fourth year, the International Day of Women and Girls in Science has the support of over 68 countries, who have all committed to transforming the world through achieving equality and parity in science for sustainable development.
Why do we need such a – Women in Science Day? The answer is simple – educators, parents, employers need to help to address that imbalance that exists in classrooms such as ours. Everyone needs to be aware that despite more women choosing science as a career we are a long way off ensuring we have a true representation of the population creating the imagery we are exposed to every day.
Computer Science.org explains the problem further on their website:
” Even with projected growth of 15-20% between 2012 and 2022, the vast majority of computer science jobs will be pursued and filled by men. As STEM-related industries on a whole add over 1.7 million jobs in the coming years, there continues to be a notable absence of women in the field. This trend begins well before entering the job market: girls account for more than half of all Advanced Placement (AP) test-takers, yet boys outnumber girls 4:1 in computer science exams.
We, at theCollegeCGI have strived to address this imbalance over the years and yet there should be move done to encourage girls to study on courses such as the FdSc and BSc here in Poole.
We have had many girls study with us however and we would like to celebrate the achievements of those women who we have had and have the privilege of teaching.
It is our hope that in the years to come that there are more girls in our classrooms.