Seeking to achieve a balanced participation of men and women in science and technology is a valid enterprise not only on moral and social grounds but also, and especially, because of the benefits which would accrue to the scientific and technical world. The introduction of diverse points of view and different priorities and styles of working as well as the input of women’s skills would contribute a great deal to science. Moreover, in this way the science and technology sectors would be better adapted to social needs and would more closely reflect the interests of all members of society.
The fact is that a whole range of prejudices has prevented the full participation of women in science and technology and relegated a pool of talent to the sidelines. Girls and women face considerable obstacles to pursuing scientific and technological studies and careers. There are relatively few women in the decision-making and consultative bodies in the field of science and technology.
The COVID-19 crisis has captured global news headlines like few other stories can, It has created awareness to the wonderful work female scientists do, it has shown that if science is to help us tackle these crises then it can’t be deprived of the potential of thousands of women who choose to pursue careers in this field.
Any discipline that’s too dominated by one gender will find itself more easily trapped in paradigms that impede its progress. Hence the need to boost female participation isn’t equality for equality’s sake. It is mission critical.
The world needs science and science needs women that is why women in science are celebrated and shown as role models to ignite the passion within young and growing girls, showing them that opportunities for them to make major impact abounds in the science and technology sector.
These girls should be taught that they matter and that their abilities would be greatly appreciated if they choose to engage in roles as scientists and revolutionaries.