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Women in Science and Engineering: 2022 Highlights and Challenges for Gender Equality

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Feb 13, 2024
Eurostat News Reports that 41% of Scientists and Engineers Are Women in Employment

In 2022, the number of female scientists and engineers in the EU reached almost 7.3 million, an increase of 310,500 from the previous year. This accounted for 41% of total employment in science and engineering. Women working as scientists and engineers were primarily employed in the service sector, where they made up 46% of this sector’s workforce. However, in manufacturing, only 22% of those employed as scientists and engineers were women.

The proportion of female scientists and engineers varied widely across EU Member States in 2022. Denmark, Lithuania (53%) and Bulgaria (51%) had some of the highest proportions, while Hungary (31%), Finland (34%) and Germany (32%) had lower percentages.

According to the Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics (NUTS1), the highest shares of women employed in science and technology occupations were observed in Lithuania (64.1%), French region of Corse (63.9%) and Latvia (62.7%). On the other hand, the Italian regions with the smallest proportions of females employed in science and technology were Nord-Ovest (45.3%), Malta (45.8%) and Sud (46.1%).

This news item highlights International Day of Women and Girls in Science, celebrated on February 11th every year to raise awareness about gender disparities in STEM fields and promote equal opportunities for women to pursue careers in science and technology.

It is important to recognize that there are still many challenges that need to be addressed to achieve gender equality in STEM fields, such as unconscious bias, lack of role models for girls, limited access to education opportunities, among others.

However, by celebrating this day every year and working towards creating a more inclusive environment for all individuals regardless of their gender identity or background we can help bridge this gap

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