Celebrating Women in Science on February 11

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Gender equality and Science are vital for the achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Over the past 15 years, the global community has made a significant effort in inspiring and engaging women and girls in science. Unfortunately, women and girls continue to be excluded from participating fully in science.

According to a study conducted in 14 countries, the probability for female students of graduating with a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree and Doctor’s degree in science-related field are 18%, 8% and 2% respectively, while the percentages of male students are 37%, 18% and 6%.

In order to achieve full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls, and further achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution  and declared 11 February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

At the Water Institute, we are proud to support and highlight the exceptional research of our female scientists who are working hard to tackle the world’s complex water challenges.

Jenine McCutcheon: The Dark Zone of Greenland: How algae fuelled by phosphorus contributes to ice sheet melting

Ellen Cameron: PhD student uses DNA sequencing to study cyanobacteria

Rebecca Rooney: Green Growth: Priceless environmental services of wetlands are key to a green, economic future

Kirsten Müller: All-female scientific coalition calls for marine protected area for Antarctica Peninsula

Nandita Basu, Kim Van Meter, and Danyka Byrnes: New study tracks decades of nitrogen inputs and uptake across the United States

Heidi Swanson: 10 Calls to Action to natural scientists to enable reconciliation with Indigenous peoples

Spencer Weinstein: Vanier Scholarship winner works with Kugluktuk, Nunavut community to create a sustainable fish supply

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