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Why Latvia is a Pioneer in Gender Diversity in Science and Technology

ByEditor

Feb 12, 2024
Latvia recognized as a leader in promoting women in science and technology within the EU

Latvia stands out as one of the leaders among EU Member States in terms of the proportion of women employed in science and technology, with 47% of scientists and engineers being women. In contrast, only 22% of women are employed in manufacturing.

The data was released to coincide with the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, celebrated on February 11. It shows that the distribution of women working as scientists and engineers varies between different sectors. While the service sector has a higher proportion of women in these fields, manufacturing lags behind.

According to recent statistics, the highest shares of women employed in science and technology occupations were observed in Lithuania, followed by France’s Corse region and Latvia. On the other hand, regions with smaller proportions of females employed in these fields were recorded in Italy’s Nord-Ovest region, Malta, and Sud region. This highlights that there is still work to be done to increase gender diversity in STEM fields across Europe.

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