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16th October 2019

The lack of women in this year's science Nobel Prize awards

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In a recent article by Katie Kindelan via abc News,

The 2019 Nobel Prize winners in the categories of physics, chemistry, physiology and medicine have been announced and none of this year’s winners are women.

"It was of course very disappointing," "I definitely don’t think it’s a fair reflection of the contributions women have made to STEM." said Dr. Heather Metcalf, chief research officer at the Association for Women in Science (AWIS), an organization for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The lack of female representation in the science categories of the world's most prestigious prize has not gone unnoticed by advocates for women in science.

enei have previously spoken about A recent article by Jacqueline Gallazzi-Ritchie and highlighted ways in which we can help attract more women into STEM roles.

The absence of women in these sectors is hugely significant and we’re missing out on some valuable skillsets and opportunities because of it.

The number of women graduating in core STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects is increasing. Last year, the percentage of female STEM graduates rose from 25% to 26%, but this percentage is still a long way from being considered equal representation.

Perhaps seeing women receive such a prestigious award would also attract more women into STEM roles whilst rewarding them.