Women in Science

On February 11th 2024, we celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, an event proposed and celebrated by UNESCO, which recognizes the critical role women and girls play in science and technology. This year’s celebration focuses on « Closing the Gender Gap in Science: Accelerating Action » to address and reduce the barriers that female scientists continue to face. 

#CESAREF aims to be part of the global movement promoting Women in #STEM by sharing its experience regarding the participation of women in the #refractory and #steel field. The CESAREF consortium strongly supports the objectives of the Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2025, in alignment with the « Gendered Innovations 2 » policy report. Gender balance at all levels of personnel participating in the action is a primary goal. Several experienced women researchers have been nominated to lead work packages and dedicated committees. 

Through in-depth interviews, we asked our female colleagues to describe how they decided to pursue careers in science and whether they faced  any form of discrimination. We hope their personal experiences can help and motivate other young women to become part of the STEM world. 

These profiles will be published via our social media platforms between the International Day of Women and Girls in Science (11th February 2024) and International Women’s Day (8th March 2024). The full profiles will remain available on a dedicated section of our website. 

“Certain people – men, of course – discouraged me, saying science was not a good career for women. That pushed me even more to persevere.“

Francoise Barre, Virologist, 2008 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine.

“I tell young people: Do not think of yourself, think of others. Think of the future that awaits you, think about what you can do and do not fear anything.”

Rita Levi – Montalcini, Italian neurologist and Nobel Prize winner in Physiology.

“If you're beautiful, you're led to believe that you can't also be smart. But you can be fun and fit and social and be really smart. And the smarter you are, the more capable you'll be to handle whatever challenges come up in life.“

Danica Mckellar, Mathematician and The Wonder Years actress of iconic character Winnie Cooper. 

“Courage is like — it’s a habitus, a habit, a virtue: you get it by courageous acts. It’s like you learn to swim by swimming. You learn courage by couraging.“

Marie Daly, The first African-American woman to earn a PhD in chemistry.




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