Celebrated every year on the 11th of February, the International Day of Women and Girls in Science aims to promote the participation of women and girls in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and to raise awareness of the contributions, women have made in STEM to date.
According to the UN, who organise the event each year, women account for 40 per cent of graduates in the field of computer science and just 28 per cent of engineering graduates.
In cutting edge research areas such as artificial intelligence, only about one in five professionals (22 per cent) is a woman, and women form a mere 12 percent of the membership of national science academies, as per statistics by the United Nations.
In honour of this day, we’ve listed eight inspiring quotes from women in STEM.
1. Francoise Barre, a virologist and the winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
"Certain people – men, of course – discouraged me, saying [science] was not a good career for women. That pushed me even more to persevere."
2. Barbara McClintock, cytogeneticist and winner of the 1983 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
"If you know you are on the right track, if you have this inner knowledge, then nobody can turn you off... no matter what they say."
3. Rosalind Franklin, chemist and X-ray crystallographer
“Science and everyday life cannot and should not be separated."
4. Mae Jemison Physicist and astronaut
"Don't let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity."
5. Marie Curie, physicist, chemist, and winner of the 1903 Nobel Prize in Physics and the 1911 Nobel Prize in Physics
"I was taught that the way of progress was neither swift nor easy."
6. Gertrude B. Elion, pharmacologist, and winner of the 1988 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
"I hadn't been aware that there were doors closed to me until I started knocking on them."
7. May-Britt Moser, neurologist and winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
"With men you're expected to do well and get the support, but for females, you have to sacrifice something in a different way from men... I think it's very important for other women to see that I have had success."
8. "Life need not be easy, provided only that it is not empty."
— Lise Meitner, physicist
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