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Celebrating female pioneers in STEM on International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Posted February 08, 2024

We’re highlighting the contributions and achievements of some of the female pioneers in science who have helped to shape the clean energy solutions we use today.

February 11th is International Day of Women and Girls in Science, a day that stands as a beacon of recognition and encouragement for women and girls pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Established by the United Nations to address the gender disparity in STEM fields, it serves as a reminder of the historical and ongoing contributions of women in science while also highlighting the importance of gender equity and inclusion in these disciplines.

We know that diversity sparks innovation, fosters problem-solving, enhances creativity, and allows for diverse perspectives and talents to come together. This is especially important in the energy industry as we pursue sustainable energy solutions to tackle the climate challenges of today.

The progress we’re making in clean energy solutions like nuclear and renewables is indebted to the dedication and groundbreaking contributions of female pioneers in science. From helping to discover nuclear fission to developing the first solar-powered heating system for homes, find out more about some of the women who have helped to get us where we are today.

Early exposure to science, technology, engineering and mathematics is key to inspiring girls to pursue STEM careers. From our Pretty Curious campaign which inspired girls to take up STEM subjects, to our commitment to young careers that has seen EDF train 1,800 apprentices across our nuclear family since 2012, we’re helping to pave the way for a generation of talented and empowered women who will drive innovation and progress in the energy industry and beyond.

Initiatives such as International Day of Women and Girls in Science remind us of the importance of fostering an inclusive environment that empowers and supports women and girls in STEM education and careers. Only by working together can we ensure that women and girls stand on an equitable footing with their male counterparts, creating a more sustainable future for all.

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