11 February is International Day of Women and Girls in Science. The day celebrates women and girls who have devoted themselves to science and the advancement of human knowledge and understanding as students, researchers, and practitioners in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

The day is celebrated for a good reason. Women make up only 28% of the workforce in STEM. Further, men greatly outnumber women majoring in most STEM fields in college. The gender gaps are particularly high in some of the fastest-growing and highest-paid jobs of the future, like computer science and engineering.

STEM fields are often viewed as masculine, and teachers and parents often underestimate girls’ math abilities starting as early as preschool.

This year we are celebrating and showcasing women in STEM who changed the world we live:

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