Historically, women have faced significant barriers in doing science; they have been underrepresented in the field, and their achievements often unrecognized. Luckily, in recent decades, there has been a growing presence of women in science and a higher recognition of their contributions. However, women are still less prone to pursue careers in science in comparison to men, and it is essential to support and encourage their participation in the field, as they bring unique experiences, perspectives, and approaches.

An effort has to be made at an early stage by improving scientific communication to kids in schools and making science accessible, in a way that sparks their curiosity: making science fun and interactive; showing its real-world impact; and asking questions and encouraging to ask questions. Also, discussing the accomplishments of female scientists, such as Marie Curie, who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity, or Rosalind Franklin, who played a crucial role in discovering the structure of DNA, can inspire girls to see themselves as potential scientists.

Every year, on 11 February, for the international day of women and girls in science, and every day, let’s celebrate women’s contributions and promote a future where more girls enter this exciting field. https://www.un.org/en/observances/international-days-and-weeks

Lisa Saemisch, from ThePaperMill, giving a talk to kids in a school for the international day of women and girls in science.