Eurostat News Reports that 41% of Scientists and Engineers Are Women in Employment

In 2022, there was a remarkable increase in the number of women employed as scientists and engineers in the EU. The total number of female scientists and engineers reached 7.3 million, an increase of 310 500 from the previous year. This accounted for 41% of the total employment in science and engineering. However, despite this progress, gender inequality still persists in certain sectors and countries.

In terms of sectoral distribution, women scientists and engineers were primarily employed in the service sector, comprising 46% of those working in this sector. On the other hand, only 22% of those employed as scientists and engineers were women in manufacturing. This highlights the need for more efforts to promote gender equality in STEM fields across all sectors.

The proportion of female scientists and engineers varied widely among EU Member States in 2022. The top three countries with the highest proportions were Denmark (53%), Lithuania (52%) and Bulgaria (51%). At the other end of the scale, Hungary had only 31%, Finland had 32%, and Germany had 34%. This shows that there is still much work to be done to achieve gender parity in science and engineering across Europe.

According to recent data, Lithuania had the highest share of women employed in science and technology occupations at NUTS1 level (64.1%), followed by France’s Corse region (63.9%) and Latvia (62.7%). On the other hand, regions like Italy’s Nord-Ovest (45.3%), Malta (45.8%) and Sud (46.1%) had some of the lowest proportions of females employed in science and technology occupations at NUTS1 level. This underscores the importance of addressing gender disparities at regional levels as well as national ones.

This news item serves as a reminder that we must continue to celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science on February 11th every year to highlight the achievements made so far towards gender equality in STEM fields while also acknowledging that there is still much work to be done to ensure equal opportunities for all genders.

As a journalist, I urge you to report on this important topic by highlighting not only successes but also challenges faced by women working in science and technology occupations around the world.

In conclusion, it is crucial that we continue our efforts towards promoting gender equality not only on International Day of Women

By Editor

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