Key Data

and statistics on Women in Science

Participation of women in scientific disciplines

Out of every 3 researchers worldwide,  1 is a woman.
In OECD countries, fewer than1 in 3 engineering graduates
and fewer than 1 in 5computer science graduates are young women.
In the 20 leading economies, women account for...
(World Bank)
Only 26% of workers in data and artificial intelligence
Only 15% of workers in engineering
Only 12% of workers in cloud computing
(World Bank)
Only 1 out of 10 space explorers have been women.
(Science alert)

Recognition of women's scientific contributions

Since the launch of the Nobel recognition, only 48 have been women (of a total of 892 laureates). 23 of them were in scientific disciplines.
In 2021 there were 13 Nobel Price Awards, 12 men and 1 woman (Maria Ressa).
Across OECD countries, only 13.7% of the inventors who field patents are women.

Visibility of women's contribution to science

Women are outnumbered by men nearly 2 to 1 in science, technology, engineering and math roles on TV.
(Lyda Hill Foundation and the Geena Davis Institute on Gener in Media)
"You cannot be what you cannot see."
Marian Wright Edelman,
American lawyer and civil rights activist
Women are significantly underrespresented in photographs and featured scientists in scientific publications


Only 19% of experts quoted in highly ranked coronavirus stories were women, compared with 77% of men, across six major countries from North and the South: India, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, UK, USA.
(Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)
Women make up 88% of all care workers but are quoted only 16-25% of the time in news about Covid-19.
(Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)
Due to the disproportionate burden of care and domestic labour, falling mostly on the shoulders of women, female scientists were left with less time for research and publication. Their proportion among first authors publishing in biomedical fields dropped by 9% in comparison to the pre pandemic period.
(Journal of Medical Internet Research)