Where would we be without female scientists? Well, for a start, we may not even be connected on computers reading this – Hollywood film star and inventor Hedy Lamarr was the woman who laid the groundwork for both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology.
Just over a month ago, the UNESCO-recognized International Day of Women and Girls in Science was commemorated on February 11. A big hit this year, the #womeninscience hashtag was trending on both Twitter and Facebook.
And, with International Women’s Day (IWD) this 8 March, women everywhere are hoping the ball will keep rolling in the weeks and months ahead – tying in with this year’s IWD theme: #PressforProgress. This call continues a strong global momentum for gender parity, following IWD’s #PledgeforParity campaign in 2016 and 2017’s #BeBoldforChange theme.
At TÜV SÜD, our expertise in engineering drives innovation in the space of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), also known as Mathematik, Informatik, Naturwissenschaft, Technik (MINT) in Germany. And although the number of women involved in STEM is still lower than many would hope, there is now a sense that a real and strong movement to #PressforProgress in the STEM industry is being made.