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Unstoppable Women and Science - Data Journalism #09

We celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. We discuss gender, language, collaborative networks, visualisations and creative ways of storytelling with data.

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In this edition, we celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. We talk about gender gaps, uses of language, new collaborative networks, visualizations, and creative ways of storytelling with data.

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Six years ago, the UN declared February 11 as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science to recognize women’s essential role in the scientific community and technology. It seeks to unify efforts and voices that promote access, complete and equal participation, gender equality, and women and girls' empowerment.

On this special day, we wanted to compile a few facts that show that we still have a long way to go:

  • Less than 30% of scientific researchers worldwide are women (Unesco Institute for Statistics, 2019).
  • The percentage of women out of the total number of scientists and engineers in the European Union is 22 (Eurostat, 2020).
  • “(…) in Cloud Computing, women make up 14% of the workforce; in Engineering, 20%; and in Data and AI, 32%.” (Global Gender Gap Report, 2021)
  • In the green economy, which seeks STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) solutions to climate change, women hold only 29% of positions (El País, 2021). That is evidence of a gender gap, which, if the trajectory continues, could take 150 years to close (BCG, 2021).

WiDS Worldwide Conference

In 2018, Microsoft surveyed more than 11 thousand women between 11 and 30 years old in Europe. They found that the number of girls interested in STEM almost doubles when they have a role model. Otherwise, girls may desist from studying the STEM field due to social pressure, biases and stereotypes.

These discoveries show why it is necessary to increase women’s visibility in science and strengthen pedagogy. One initiative that has become a benchmark in recent years is Women in Data Science (WiDS). It aims to inspire and educate data scientists worldwide, regardless of gender, and to support women in the field.

Wids has become a global movement that includes conferences, datathons, podcasts, educational programs, and workshops. The new edition will be held on March 7, 2022. It will have 31 speakers from institutions and organizations such as the University of Washington, Harvard University, Google, IBM, Tableau or YouTube.

You can register at this link. There will be free tickets for the first 5000 students!


He, She, They

The use of a pronoun classifies and binds individuals to a sociocultural order, to which one should be able to decide whether one wants to belong or not.

Minami Funakoshi and Sam Granados made this interactive report, in which they explore and explain how gender affects the construction of ideas, relationships, and ways of understanding our world. They work on the premise that modifying language to reflect a spectrum of gender identities is a fundamental change, which raises a debate to be put on the table.

Source: Gender and Language | Reuters Graphics

Right to equality

iTech Mission, a social impact technology company, developed an interactive, cloud-based, open-source dashboard to analyze the Gender Gap Indexes globally. It has four interactive graphs with information from 156 countries showing their Index score, based on economic, education, health, political empowerment, childbearing, and early marriage data.


500 Women Scientists is an organization that “works to build communities and foster real change that comes from small groups, not large crowds.” Since 2016 they have consolidated a support network of women scientists confronting racism, misogyny, xenophobia and anti-science rhetoric.

The doors are open to becoming part of its community, which spans 92 countries and has more than 12 thousand members. The network allows you to self-identify your identity and find safe spaces. It also has databases, material related mainly to the STEM sector, and a list to contact and meet other women scientists.


If you need to improve the usability of your visualizations, we recommend you this guide from the European Environment Agency. It explains how to increase the descriptive and narrative potential from a balance of design, colors, texts, amount of data, variables or hierarchy of information.

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We leave you with a varied selection of other news that we like or shock us.





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Nicolás Barahona, Laura T. Ortiz and JP Marín Díaz wrote this newsletter.

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