Eurostat News Reports that 41% of Scientists and Engineers Are Women in Employment

In 2022, the number of female scientists and engineers in the EU increased by 310,500 to reach almost 7.3 million, accounting for 41% of total employment in science and engineering. Women working as scientists and engineers were primarily employed in the service sector, making up 46% of those in this sector, while only 22% of those employed in manufacturing were women. Among the EU Member States, Denmark had the highest proportion of female scientists and engineers at 53%, followed closely by Lithuania (52%) and Bulgaria (51%). On the other hand, Hungary had the lowest proportion at 31%, with Finland (32%) and Germany (34%) also having relatively low proportions.

The International Day of Women and Girls in Science is celebrated on February 11th every year to highlight the achievements and contributions of women in science and technology fields. People working in science and technology are classified as those who work in occupations that involve systematic generation, advancement, diffusion, application of scientific knowledge or technological knowledge independently of level of studies. This category includes other occupations such as technicians or associated professionals. The highest shares of women employed in science and technology occupations were observed in regions at NUTS1 level such as Lithuania (64.1%), French region Corse (63.9%) and Latvia (62.7%). At the other end of the scale, Italian regions Nord-Ovest (45.3%), Malta (45.8%) and Sud (46.1%) recorded the smallest proportions of females employed in science and technology occupations.

This news item highlights not only the progress made towards gender equality but also calls attention to areas where more needs to be done to increase participation rates among women in science and engineering fields.

It is important to recognize that women have been making significant contributions to science for centuries but often faced barriers due to gender discrimination or lack of access to education or funding opportunities. Today’s International Day of Women and Girls

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