International Day of Women and Girls- Know It's Objective!

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On December 22, 2015, the UN General Assembly decided to observe the International Day of Women and Girls in Science on February 11 every year. The reason to celebrate this day was to recognize women's contribution in the field of science and encourage more women and girls to participate in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) related jobs.

At present, 30 percent of researchers worldwide are women and only 35 percent of all students enrolled in STEM-related fields of study are women.

The field of science, which is mostly dominated by men, has also witnessed many women making their foray into the fold, who shattered all the stereotypes and emerged as inspiration to other women. Here is a list of a few Indian women who have worked tirelessly in fighting the gender bias and made their contributions felt:

Paramjit Khurana:

Paramjit is a professor at the Plant Molecular Biology Department of the University of Delhi. In 2011, on the occasion of International Women's Day, she was awarded the 'Certificate of Honour' from Gantavaya Sansthan. She has published over 125 research papers.

Aditi Pant:

Dr. Aditi was an oceanographer who made the nation proud by being the first woman to set foot on the icy terrains of Antarctica in 1983. The Antarctica Award honoured the marvelous woman Dr. Aditi Pant for being a part of the expedition. She is an inspiration to all the women out there who want to do what they want and achieve great success, breaking the shackles of societal barriers.

Nandini Harinath:

Nandini is a scientist at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). She was appointed as the Deputy Operations Director for the Mangalyan mission and in 20 years of her professional life, she has proudly worked in over 20 missions.

Rohini Godbole:

Rohini is a professor at the Indian Institute of Science (IIS), Bengaluru. For over 30 years, she has worked on particle phenomenology. Over the years, she has been actively working to encourage other women and girls to take up STEM-related fields of study.

Sunetra Gupta:

Sunetra is a professor of Theoretical Epidemiology at Oxford University. She is also a member of the European Advisory Board of Princeton University Press and has been awarded the Scientific Medal by the Zoological Society of London. Her work includes the study of agents that cause infections such as malarial pathogens, influence, among others.

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