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Meet 13 Women Who Are Closing the Gender Gap in STEM

Science, technology, engineering and math move the world forward. Why is it, then, that across much of the globe, girls are not given equal support to pursue these fields, known collectively as STEM, in the classroom or, later, in the workplace? Several studies paint the same picture: Girls are less inclined to pursue jobs in science and mathematics, despite often performing just as well as boys and, in some countries, scoring better than boys, on science and mathematics exams. Though this gender gap is shrinking in the classroom, it still shows up prominently in many workplaces. A 2023 World Economic Forum study of LinkedIn data revealed that globally, women make up just 29% of STEM workers, about 1.5% higher than in 2015. As women around the world fight for gender equality, their efforts are being noticed. The United Nations has declared Feb. 11 the International Day of Women and Girls in Science as “a reminder that women and girls play a critical role in science and technology communities and that their participation should be strengthened.” Global Press Journal’s all-women team of reporters hit the ground to find the women of STEM — the ones fighting for equal representation. Meet the women who are breaking into this male-dominated field and proving that their place is in the lab.

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