Mary Jackson working at NASA Langley

More women scientists should make it in news

On this occasion of International Women’s Day (IWD), 8 March, UNESCO joins forces with international and regional partners to launch the annual Women Make the News (WMN) initiative under the theme, Towards a Global Alliance on Media and Gender.

Launched annually, Women Make the News is a global initiative aimed at fixing attention on an issue relating to gender equality in and through the media, driving debate and encouraging action-oriented solutions until global objectives are met. It is to this end that UNESCO has developed resources such as the Gender-Sensitive Indicators for Media.

With more women in key positions in the media, there is a greater chance of increasing the portrayal of women scientists in the media. Women depicted as role models would help encourage more women in research. It may also help ensure that women increasingly reach position of leadership in research, following in the steps of prominent women scientists portrayed in the news.

On the occasion of International Women’s Day and to support the action of UNESCO on Women Make the News, EuroScientist would like to hear from you, its readers, about your opinion on the current portrayal of women’s scientists in the media. Please post comments in the box below or write directly to the editor@euroscientist.com. Thanks.

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