Each February 11, the International Day of Women and Girls in Science is marked to recognize achievement and encourage participation.
The year that has passed since the last day of global recognition for women in the sciences has been filled with momentous advances fueled by the COVID-19 pandemic, including many achievements by women. The pandemic has also thrown a spotlight on a significant gender gap in scientific fields that has been exacerbated by COVID-19.
In recognition of the developments of the past year, the United Nations, which helped launch International Day of Women and Girls in Science in 2015, has designated this year’s theme as “Women Scientists at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19.” The U.N.’s online symposium Thursday will discuss the successes and challenges in the fight against COVID-19.
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