Huff Post: Help Support Women and Girls in Science!

Dr Laurie Marker

By Dr. Laurie Marker

I started doing research with cheetahs in 1974. At the time there were not a lot of women in science and even fewer studying predators like the cheetah. In the years since, I have seen the number of women working in science increase, but there are still advances to be made. According to reports from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the world-wide average of women in science is only 29%. Here in Namibia that number is a bit higher at 44% currently conducting scientific research, and 48% of all doctoral students are women. Namibian women are well on their way to having equal representation in scientific fields, but the numbers across Africa are not consistent.

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