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Today is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science!

To celebrate this fantastic event, we are travelling back in time to look at women who have made amazing contributions to science. But before we do, we’d like to highlight some interesting statistics of women currently working within the industry in the UK:

  1. Over 60,000 women working in science-based roles as of 2019.
  2. Total number of women in science roles now amounts to 45.7% of the entire industry.

Throughout history, there have been some incredible developments in science that were pioneered by women. To celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we’ve picked out some of our favourite examples of incredible female scientific achievements below:

  1. Caroline Herschel
    Caroline Herschel was a pioneer within the world of astronomy. During her time, she discovered several famous comets and even had one named after her. Caroline was so revered within the industry she was the first woman to receive a salary as a scientist. In addition, she was the first woman to hold a government position in the UK.
  2. Mary Anning
    Born in 1799, Mary Anning was an English fossil collector and palaeontologist. Mary is best known for her work with Jurassic and marine fossils. Her findings contributed to a huge shift in knowledge and understanding about prehistoric life and the Earth’s history.
  3. Grace Hopper
    Grace Hopper made huge contributions to the computer sciences which are still used today. She is best known for the design, development and execution of programming languages and software.
  4. Valentina Tereshkova
    Last, but certainly not least, Valentina Tereshkova was the first and youngest woman to have flown into space. To add to this fantastic achievement, Valentina completed her mission solo and remains the only woman to do so.

International Day of Women and Girls in Science is a celebration of female innovators within the world of Science. If you would like to learn more about this event, click on this link.

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