International Women’s Day – Raising Awareness Against Bias

March 6, 2020
5:00 min read
Laura Browne
International Women’s Day – Raising Awareness Against Bias
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“An equal world is an enabled world. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality.”

As a company that never does anything without data, on this International Women’s Day, we wanted to take the opportunity to revisit some of the numbers around women in scientific industries, data science and the wider STEM fields:

Women in Science and Data: The Numbers

If you want to dig into the data yourselves, there is a great resource courtesy of UNESCO. The team is developing new indicators about the dynamics that shape women’s decisions to pursue STEM careers – from their educational pathways to the social factors, such as starting a family and workplace environment. The data will then be used as an evidence base to better target policies at the national, regional and global levels through a new project, known as SAGA (STEM and Gender Advancement), financed by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).

Bond Girls: Data Scientists

This is a topic very close to our hearts. As a predominantly female team working in both data and life sciences (go Bond Girls!), we are passionate about breaking down every barrier we can to get and retain more women in our field. You can do your bit on a practical level. One simple way is to address bias where you see it. For example, there is a great initiative run by Bobbie Carlton (Innovation Women) that is designed to address bias on panels and speaking opportunities. If you see a panel of speakers who are all male, tweet it using the hashtag #manel. Put yourself forward to speak at conferences (yes you are as qualified as your male peers to be a thought leader!), publish that article. Own your brand!

It is up to each and every one of us to do our bit. Diversity and inclusion is not just a ‘hot topic’. Not addressing it has real-life consequences for people, but also impacts business performance. Don’t just let International Women’s Day be one day a year: make sure that addressing all inequalities is at the heart of all your business decisions. It is something that we are committing to. Join us.