International Day of Women and Girls in Science

by | Feb 11, 2021

Today, 11th February 2021, marks the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

This year’s theme celebrates the ‘Women Scientists at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19’.


Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)


There are 17 Sustainable Development Goals which have been internationally agreed upon, these Goals are an urgent call for action from all countries through a global partnership. The UN explain that the SDGs “recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.”


Adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provides a blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and in the future.


The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are:

  1. No Poverty
  2. Zero Hunger
  3. Good Health and Wellbeing
  4. Quality Education
  5. Gender Equality
  6. Clean Water and Sanitation
  7. Affordable and Clean Energy
  8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
  9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  10. Reduced Inequalities
  11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
  12. Responsible Consumption and Production
  13. Climate Action
  14. Life Below Water
  15. Life On Land
  16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  17. Partnerships for the Goals


Image Credit: the UN


International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2021 – The Statistics


The UN explain that over the past 15 years, the global community has made a big effort to inspire and engage women and girls in science, however, they continue to be excluded from participating fully in the industry.


Currently, less than 30% of researchers worldwide are women, and according to UNESCO data (2014 – 2016), there is only around 30% of all female students who select STEM-related fields when entering higher education.


In order to achieve full and equal access to, and participation in, science for women and girls, and further achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/70/212 declaring 11th February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.



We spoke with Lisa DiNatale, Senior Manager at Avon, about her work in the science and beauty industry…


What inspired you to work in science? 


I started off as a beautician who loved to play with makeup and products (a real girly girl).  Then quickly realized I liked cosmetics more than being a beautician, so I went to work for a small company that tested them.  But that still didn’t completely fulfil my love or obsession for cosmetics; I wanted to help develop, test and be part of the final product execution.  Now that I have been in this role, knowing what I was contributing towards, seeing the end benefits, the sales & what consumers/representatives felt about them it’s SO rewarding!


What is your favourite thing about working in the science/beauty industry?


Within their own skin, people love to feel and look beautiful, which can be defined in so many ways.  I love to make this dream come true!  I have been with Avon for 20 years and in the industry for over 25.  Everyday we continue to learn, explore & turn over new leaves to continue fulfilling these dreams!  This is what makes my job amazing!!


You can access our British Beauty Weekend Smashing Stereotype in Science and Beauty Webinar via the Member Zone.

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