The Importance of International Day of Women and Girls in Science

As a woman owned company, ViroShield takes pride in promoting and empowering women throughout our organization. That is why we celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science on February 11th. The United Nations General Assembly designated the day in order to bring awareness to gender equality. Here are some statistics that shine a light on some very concerning facts:

  • Women are typically given smaller research grants than their male colleagues and, while they represent 33.3% of all researchers, only 12% of members of national science academies are women.
  • In cutting edge fields such as artificial intelligence, only one in five professionals (22%) is a woman.
  • Despite a shortage of skills in most of the technological fields driving the Fourth Industrial Revolution, women still account for only 28% of engineering graduates and 40% of graduates in computer science and informatics.
  • Female researchers tend to have shorter, less well-paid careers. Their work is underrepresented in high-profile journals and they are often passed over for promotion.

While it is not easy to break into some fields, as these statistics show, our ViroShield team is primarily made up of women—from our CEO to our chemist. She developed the ground-breaking formulas that make up our product line. Formulas that maximize protection, but don’t dry out the skin. It’s a delicate balance of ingredients and we are extremely proud of the science behind the brand. The fact that it was created by a female chemist makes the success even more rewarding.