The gender gap in science and technology, in numbers

  • Women are still under-represented in fields such as computing, engineering, mathematics and physics, finds a UNESCO report.
  • A workforce highly qualified in science and tech disciplines is vital to filling the skills shortage as the Fourth Industrial Revolution gathers pace.
  • Strenuous efforts need to be made to address the gender gap at all levels of academia and the workplace, UNESCO warns.

Women remain a significant minority in the scientific fields driving the digital revolution, amid a general skills shortage that’s holding back progress.

The UNESCO Science Report 2021 found that women are still under-represented in fields such as computing, digital information technology, engineering, mathematics and physics.

 

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