"For this new edition of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science - organized by UNESCO and UN-Women - we started with an already "too well" known assessment: despite some evolutions, women are still underrepresented at all levels in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). With a key figure hammered home by all the speakers on this day for the research field: only 28% are women."

Source: Sciences and the Future

"Gender stereotypes applied to subjects and fields of study persist in our school system and are partly responsible for the different career choices of girls and boys. These stereotypes are not the result of a deliberate ill will on the part of the actors in the education system. On the contrary, most of them are motivated by a concern for equality, but they lack the time and the tools to question themselves effectively. And they act with the idea that co-education would automatically lead to equality.

Source: Educational notebooks

The following activities will allow students to better understand the opportunities related to the world of science.


At the end of the activities, the student will be able to:

- Understand the origin of the disparities between men and women in the scientific community;
- Consider the possibilities of the world of science;
- Use social media to get to know women working in science;
- Understand the need for a day to encourage girls to get involved in science.

Suggested Activities

ACTIVITY 1: A day to encourage girls in science

The UN organizes a day to encourage girls and women in science, on February 11 each year, and since this year.

  • Why is such a day necessary? Have you heard of it?
  • Is the school doing enough to show girls the possibilities of science?
  • The organism Girls & Science organize a day to promote science among girls, have you ever heard of it? Is there such an event in your area?
  • Is it normal that events like this take place in 2017?
  • What should we understand from this image?
  • What can be the effect of this sentence presented on this image, on a young girl who wants to go to science?

ACTIVITY 2: Encouraging Girls in Science!

Using the article " What to do to get girls to do science? Ask students to answer the following questions:

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Download the response file (.pdf)

ACTIVITY 3: Measures for Women in Science

The keyword #Femmesensciences (on Twitter and Facebook) shows different women and their scientific careers.

With the students, discover different stories of women working in science.

More about the magazine

What to do to get girls to do science?
Educational Notebooks

UN: investing in girls and women in science to improve everyone's future
UNmultimedia, February 11, 2017

Science by and for women at UNESCO
Sciences et Avenir, February 11, 2017

The day “Girls and science, an electrifying duo! »Turns 18
École branchée, January 11, 2017

Educational Resources - Exhibition: Girls Dare to be Scientists!
Land of Sciences, 2014

Science is for girls
European Commission

Hypatia: a major European project for young people and science
Go girls! Dare the Sciences! November 24, 2016

Girls and science, an electrifying duo!
Ici Radio-Canada, March 3, 2016

Girls, dare to be scientists!
Le, March 3, 2014