Marie Curie–Sklodowska, a distinguished Polish chemist, mother and the first female professor at the Sorbonne, was a passionate scientist who made a scientific career achievable for countless girls around the world. She was awarded two Nobel Prizes in a century when only men gained public recognition for scientific research.
Nevertheless, almost a hundred years later, the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) remains a challenge, influencing both social and economic progress.
The under-representation of women in technology has been taken up by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) which has identified this as an important issue to redress. During the 2010 Plenipotentiary Conference in Guadalajara, Mexico, the Union’s membership agreed that International Girls in ICT Day would celebrated on the fourth Thursday of every April. It created an opportunity to raise awareness among young women and girls of the opportunities a professional future in information and communication…
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