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Women in Science and Engineering: 2022 Statistics and Challenges Celebrating International Women and Girls in Science Day

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Feb 13, 2024
Eurostat News Reports that 41% of Scientists and Engineers Are Women in Employment

In 2022, the number of female scientists and engineers in the EU increased by 310 500 compared to 2021, accounting for 41% of total employment in science and engineering. The highest proportion of women employed in science and technology occupations were observed in Lithuania (64.1%), Corse (63.9%) and Latvia (62.7%). The regions with the smallest proportions of females employed in science and technology were Nord-Ovest (45.3%), Malta (45.8%) and Sud (46.1%). This news item marks the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, celebrated on 11 February, which highlights the importance of gender diversity in STEM fields.

Scientists and Engineers are a subcategory of people employed in science and technology, which includes other occupations like technicians or associated professionals. People are classified as working in science and technology if they work in occupations that could be involved in the systematic generation, advancement, diffusion, and application of scientific and technological knowledge, independently of the level of studies. This category also includes other occupations like technicians or associated professionals.

The proportion of female scientists and engineers varied widely across EU member states in 2022, ranging from 53% in Denmark to 31% in Hungary. Among the service sector scientists and engineers, women made up 46%, while only 22% were employed as scientists and engineers in manufacturing. This highlights the need for more diversity initiatives to encourage women to pursue careers in STEM fields.

The regions with the highest proportion of females employed

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