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Women in Geoscience

In celebration of the UN’s International Day of Women and Girls in Science, Cogent Geoscience would like to raise awareness and celebrate women in the Earth science community.

On 11 February 2018, women and girls in science will be celebrated worldwide for their work and research. The day is also a reminder of the continual under representation that women experience across the STEM subjects. In the Earth sciences specifically, research suggests that women face certain challenges such as subtle, unconscious bias held by people of both genders, as well as built-in barriers to success.

Out of 106 top US Earth science PhD-granting graduate programs during the 2010–2011 academic year, only 20% of earth science faculty were women (470 out of 2,324). By rank, 36% of those studied were assistant professors, 24% of associate professors, and 13% of full professors were women. These low percentages demonstrate why it’s important to promote and raise awareness of women in geoscience, not only to break down existing barriers but to encourage the next generation of women.

This month, Cogent Geoscience would like to share with you the experiences and challenges faced by women in geoscience, in addition to highlighting the societies and initiatives working to increase opportunities in the field.

Read inspiring interviews with four women in the field, and follow the discussion on @CogentGeo.