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February 11 is International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

Now more than ever, gender equality has been an important issue in today's world. Amidst the 'Time is Up' and 'March For Women' campaigns, the world, in fact, has achieved significant progress towards gender equality and women's empowerment in the last century. However, it is undeniable that greater tasks are still ahead of us. There is an urgent appeal to strengthened, focused, committed, and united efforts to securing a just and more tolerant world.

The United Nations (UN), along with the 192 governments across the globe addressed this core issue by incorporating gender equality and women empowerment to their '17 global Sustainable Development Goals' — acknowledging the numerous tangible benefits of gender equality in our global ecosystem. It has since declared February 11 as an 'International Day of Women and Girls in Science', which is set to end the bias and provide equal and greater opportunity for women and girls.

One of its goals is to increase representation and recognition of women and girls in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and maths (aka STEM), to encourage them to be actively involved in key global issues and to consider professional careers and practice in these fields. It seeks to ensure women's full involvement and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life (including science, health care). One way in achieving this is to explicitly incorporate women and gender into every objective of all international and domestic programs.

The International Day of Women and Girls in Science is certainly a positive undertaking. After all, science literacy is necessary for everyone. The contribution of women in the world are often misguided and overlooked. It is essentially and crucially important in today's age that we strive for equality. Our collective efforts vastly contribute to achieving sustainable economies that benefit the communities we all care for.

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image: Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya / alonglastname.com

As we celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we look at just some of the amazing women and their ground-breaking achievements and invaluable contribution to science: