The phrase “Women In Science” can seem inherently contradictory. Science is for everyone, and everyone can make a contribution and impact through science. There shouldn’t be any gender labels.
However, we are not there yet, and we are working toward a future where girls and women are represented fully.
To recognize the essential role of women and girls in science and technology and further achieve gender equality, the UN has declared 11 February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.
Biases and Gender Stereotypes in Science-related Fields
According to UNESCO data, less than 30% of the world’s researchers are women, and only around 30% of all female students select STEM-related fields in higher education.
Another study also showed that of the onscreen characters with an identifiable STEM job, only 12% were women.
On this International Day of Women and Girls in Science, let’s pledge to end the gender imbalance in science!
Women in Science-led Team at Shiok Meats
As a Women in Science-led team, with more than 70% of the team being females, we’d like to play our part and join the conversation with #WomenInScience.
At Shiok, we value each of our team members, integrate their varied roles, and provide them with opportunities to advance their careers and leadership regardless of their gender and background.
We asked some of our talented female scientists at Shiok Meats, “What does it mean to you, being a female scientist?”
What does it mean to you, being a female scientist?
"Just go for it!"
My motto has always been “Just go for it”. Hence, moving from a scientist to an entrepreneur was exhilarating. Of course, I faced many challenges and will face many more as a female scientist and female entrepreneur – but I will continue to keep my head held high, stay confident and work my way through the hurdles.
Yes, we as women, have to put in more hard work and try a little more to get to where we want to be; I hope that changes over time. We as women are strong, great multi-taskers and brilliant at home and work.
Stay confident and go for it – no one can stop you!
"The world is your oyster!"
I chanced upon my love for biology when I read about Dolly the sheep and have not regretted my decision to pursue a research career! It is very important to use internships and work attachment programs to explore whether a job is suitable for you. I’m humbled that I have had many such opportunities during my education and would encourage all youths out there to take the initiative and seek opportunities you are looking for!
The world is your oyster, go forth and explore! Don’t be intimidated if you don’t immediately achieve what you’re looking for;perseverance will help you reach your goals!
"Understanding truth and beauty of life through science"
I truly believe that the world’s most pressing social and scientific problems can be resolved only when women are given equal opportunity, and I sincerely hope that women of the following generation would not have to deal with the challenges faced by Women In Science today.
"Follow your passion and disregard the norms of society"
"Be a Mermaid and make waves!"
Be a Mermaid and make waves.
"A woman has to play many roles in her life and each one extremely important"
A woman has to play many roles in her life and each one extremely important. Having said that, I believe satisfying my intellectual curiosity helps me in playing those roles much better than it would have been otherwise.
"Self-realisation and confidence kept me going!"
There have been times I have questioned my ability to do the seemingly impossible, but self-realisation and confidence kept me going!
"A spark is what it takes"
We, Scientists, are proud to carry the spark and essence within and around us.
Each of us should play a part in empowering women and girls to reach their full potential. Science is for everyone.