International Perspectives on Advancing Women in STEM Careers & Leadership
Women are needed, because over the last few decades, “each step-up the ladder of scientific research system sees a drop in female participation until, at the highest echelons of scientific research and decision making, few women are left”. (Huyer, 2015:86).
The exodus of professional women in the academic pipeline, ranging from junior posts to executive ones, is dramatic, as globally only 5% out of a total 30% women researchers can be seen in executive posts. Despite remarkable innovative developments, women continue to face the barriers persisting in the research system. Many bright minds falter in a male-dominated environment, leading to bias work cultures and monotonous teams, lacking diversity.
Today, with an increasing number of celebrated examples in the world such as first-all-women spacewalk, it is crucial to keep this momentum by encouraging emerging female professionals. It has been estimated that gender parity in the workplace may add up to $28 trillion (or 26%) to the annual global GDP by 2025 (Forbes, 2018).
In observance of Gender Equality Week, SCWIST is honoured to present an international panel of distinguished women in STEM who will share their insights and tips on advancing women in STEM careers and leadership roles. This event is in collaboration with She Leads Canada, SmartSTEM, WISE Africa and Balochistan Women and Girls for STEM.
Date: Friday September 25, 2020