Thursday 07 Mar 2019

A Balanced World is a Better World

A balanced world is a better world. At Ecolint, we couldn’t agree more, particularly when it comes to gender balance. 

On this important day, we celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women across the world and through history. Since 1911, when the first International Women’s Day was celebrated, women’s struggle for equality has come a long way. Yet in many fields, women continue to be discriminated against.

The fields of science, mathematics, engineering and technology – or STEM – are among these. They have always been and remain to this day predominantly male. In addition, recent studies suggest that 65% of children entering primary school today will have jobs that do not yet exist, many of which will be driven by technology and innovation. Yet the gender divide in STEM has yet to be bridged.

In this age of technology, we know that tomorrow’s challenges require scientific solutions and new ways of thinking that break gender barriers. 

At the International School of Geneva, we believe that starts at school, by giving equal opportunities to every student, boy or girl, and by raising awareness against bias. We encourage students to work collaboratively in solving real world problems by exploring, brainstorming and creating solutions together.

At all ages girls and boys learn about science, and with the International Baccalaureate, every student regardless of gender takes two years of maths and two of science as part of their diploma.

On International Women’s Day, we celebrate diversity in the sciences and share the words of four of our budding female scientists.

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