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Women accounts for 53% of STEM graduates globally - ITREALMS

The UNESCO Science Report: Towards 2030, has revealed that globally, women now account for 53 per cent of the world’s bachelor's and master's graduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), reports ITREALMS.

UNESCO also said that just 30 per cent of women are active in research and leave the sector at much higher rates than men.

This, 
ITREALMS gathered represents a waste of social investment, individual effort and suggests that there are structural problems around retaining women in STEM carriers.

In addition, 
ITREALMS gathered, whereas women have achieved parity in life sciences in many countries, they are consistently underrepresented in engineering and computer science.

“… With direct bearing on algorithms; So, how can we STEM the tide of women researchers leaving the field?” the report asked.

The report postulated that just as the devil is in the detail, the bias is in the algorithm, stressing on why the world needs more women in science and technology.

An instance, is that Gender bias could be illustrated using a simple Google exercise. Type into Google Translate: “She is a scientist. He is a nurse.”

Translate it into a language that does not have gender pronouns, such as Georgian or Turkish. When it comes back in English, the result shown after automatic translation is: “He is a scientist. She is a nurse”.

Uj. N. Dominic/Editor

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