This isn’t an ironic post. Despite the increasing numbers of female scientists engaged in research careers, statistics still show women scientists are in the minority.
Across the world statistics from UNESCO reveal that women make up just 28% of the science technology engineering and maths (STEM) research workforce.1
It is also widely accepted that women are most underrepresented at the senior level.2 In many scientific disciplines, the number of women who are visible as leading scientists whether as speakers of conferences, on editorial boards, or on grant-funding committees, is disproportionately low.
THE WOMEN IN SCIENCE DATABASE
To help fight the trend of under-representation and to increase the visibility of female neuroscientists, Royal Holloway University, the British Neuroscience Association and the British Psychological Society recently joined forces to launch the Women In Science Database.
The database is an easily searchable list of female scientists, their expertise, institution and location. The founders’ ambitious aim is to collect data about every female scientist working in STEM careers across the globe to improve the visibility of their work and expertise. To do this they require scientists to register to the database. So, if you are a woman working in a STEM
field, make sure you sign up now.
- UNESCO Institute for Statistics, June 2018.
- Adams, R. B., & Kirchmaier, T. (2016). Women on boards in finance and STEM industries. American Economic Review, 106(5), 277-81.