Motion ref. S6M-03186
Marking International Women and Girls in Science Day - 11 February 2022
Submitted by: Fiona Hyslop, Linlithgow, Scottish National Party.
Date lodged: Friday, February 11, 2022
Supported by: Clare Adamson, Gillian Martin, Mark Ruskell, Paul Sweeney
That the Parliament recognises what it sees as the importance of gender equality in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths (STEM) disciplines; further recognises what it sees as the importance of supporting and promoting women and girls in science, not only as beneficiaries, but also as agents of change, which, it believes, promotes equality, diversity and inclusion; notes reports that women are typically given smaller research grants than male colleagues; understands that, while they reportedly represent 33.3% of all researchers worldwide, only 12% of members of national science academies are women; highlights what it sees as the important work taking place internationally through UNESCO, to break down what it considers is the gender bias in science, and commends what it sees as the successes of local STEM groups across the country, who are promoting and championing women and girls in science.