Gender Balance in Tech: Key Post-Covid Success Factor

”Have you heard of them: Katalin Kariko, Laurence Devillers, Esperanza Martinez Romero, Ritu Karidhal, or Catherine Ngila? No?

And yet these women from 5 continents have initiated some of todays’ key innovations. Katalyn Kariko has invented the ARN technology now used in COVID-19 vaccines. Laurence Devillers is a pioneer of Ethical IA, a major issue to protect civil rights, freedom and democracy in our digital age. Esperanza Martinez Romeo had developed bacteria that improve agriculture productivity while preserving the environment. Thanks to Ritu Karidhal India is the 4th country in the world to have reached Mars. And Catherine Ngila leverages the power of nanotechnologies to detect and remediate pollution in water, and enable a sustainable management of water resources.

In fact the list of unknown women is incredibly long. Nonetheless there are are! In front lines! Each of her contributes to a fight that is vital today to all of us! Yet the obstacles women face to make it in STEM are countless.” (Source: Gender Scan Research)

The Gender Scan research is an international study – in partnership with UNESCO and international associations – that examines the role of women in scientific and technology professions. Among its goals is to raise the profile of women working in cutting-edge technology and science research sectors. Finnish Federation of Graduate Women is one of the #GenderScan21 study partners and encourages women to take part in the study questionnaire.

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