Words : Ronali Moonemalle Goonetileke
The global female population according to recent statistics estimates to around 49.5%,a figure that is in stark contrast to the mere 28% of women who are currently engaged in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).
Since the advent of time we can all agree that STEM fields have predominantly reflected a male-centric workforce. This blatant dearth of female representation can most definitely be attributed to stereotypical gender roles that weigh heavy upon women since their childhood, further limiting resources and accessibility for the girl child to venture into these challenging areas of study. However, with the determination and perseverance of a few women who have gone before us making their mark and broadening a path which was once untrodden, we are now witnesses to the emergence of inspiring women from different corners of the world taking their rightful place in STEM. In honour of‘International Women’s Day’ commemorated this month, we acknowledge and celebrate six inspirational women for theirrole as agents of change through their tireless and groundbreaking work in STEM!
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