We’re all familiar with the gender gap that persists in the STEM fields. Only 30 percent of the world’s researchers are female, and women receive only about 20 percent of bachelor’s degrees awarded in computer science and engineering. But this week, in celebration of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we’re not focusing on the gaps. We’re focusing on the power, the ingenuity, and the dedication of women and girls in science who inspire us.
These women are bringing together epidemiology and computing power to fight dengue fever in Taiwan and Zika in Brazil. These girls are pursuing studies in computer science, showing the world that girls can do anything they put their minds to. These women are mentors of the next generation of scientists, mathematicians, engineers, and technologists, supporting their growth and nurturing their big ideas.
Dr. Roslyn Hickson (IBM) works on a mathematical model for dengue fever interventions with a Taiwan CDC epidemiologist.
So this week, we are excited to highlight the women in our IBM Citizenship community that we consider super stars in science. We applaud these women, and hope it will inspire many more to pursue their passions and make a difference whether it be in the lab, at a computer, in a classroom, or in the field.
Natalie Dawe is Health Initiatives Manager with IBM Corporate Citizenship. Follow us this week on Facebook and Twitter to see more stories of women in science!
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