Despite continuous efforts to narrow the gender gap in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), major inequalities still persist in these fields. In higher education, only 35% of all students enrolled in STEM-related fields are female. Today, only 28% of the world’s researchers are women, even though women account for over half of the world’s population.
Of the many barriers women and girls are required to overcome within the STEM disciplines, access to personal protective equipment (PPE) that would allow women to acquire skills and gain opportunities to benefit equally from STEM continues to be a huge barrier. This session will look at the current challenges facing women seeking equal access to PPE, STEM education, and STEM careers, and describe the current initiatives that are changing this norm. It will also discuss impactful actions that individuals and organizations can enact in order to shape a more inclusive and diverse world.