Today is the inaugural International Day of Women and Girls in Science, a day that was established by the United Nations to recognize women’s contributions to the field, with the goal of achieving “full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls.”

According a recent study conducted in 14 countries by the U.N., women and girls continue to be excluded from participating fully in science. “The probability for female students graduating with a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree and Doctor’s degree in science-related fields are 18%, 8% and 2% respectively, while the percentages of male students are 37%, 18% and 6%.”

To commemorate this most important day, here are a few of the many compelling stories of women and girls in science previously featured on WYSK.

WYSKs In Science


Meet Alice Catherine Evans… She’s Why Our Milk Is Safe To Drink


Her Dream Was Realized Late And Cut Short, But She Made History Discovering How Sex Is Determined


Eight Women In Chemistry Who Have Changed Our World


10+ Questions With Rocket Scientist, Dr. Anita Sengupta


Female Medical Inventor Creates Tiny Technologies To Tackle Big Health Issues; Awarded $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize


And The Grand Prize Winners Of the Google Science Fair Are…


Meet 5 Future STEM Superstars… All Girls, Ages 7 to 11