Gender disparities rooted in bias continue to hold women career scientists back, according to the latest UNESCO data from 2021. That study found that while women represent a third of all researchers, they only account for 12 per cent of national science academy members, continue to receive smaller research grants compared with their male colleagues and their work remains underrepresented in high-profile journals.
The second event anchoring the week is a panel discussion on the topic ‘Diversity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Academia’ on 11 March 2022. Hosted together with the Singapore Women in Science (SgWIS), panellists will discuss the challenges and the opportunities facing academia in engaging women and underrepresented groups in breaking into the entrepreneurship space to advance innovations.
Throughout the week, WinS is also sponsoring at-home movie viewing gatherings, featuring the movie ‘Picture a Scientist’ that will enable the whole community to collectively confront the common held stereotypes of what a scientist looks like, and what stereotypes prevail, when that scientist is a woman.
This year’s events are built on WinS’ strong track record of putting on diverse initiatives to support women scientists and clinician-scientists across the AMC. This includes a partnership with non-profit organisation KeyNote Women, which is committed to bring diversity to speaking stages across the world. Together with WinS, KeyNote Women introduced a series of high profile female speakers to inspire their most recent 2021 WinS Leadership Programme cohort.
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