“Humanity cannot afford to lose half of its creative genius”
- Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO (full statement here)

Today, 11 February, is recognised as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Established as an annual international day in 2015 by the UN, it recognises the critical role women and girls play in science and technology communities, and the importance of continuing to promote full and equal access to and participation in science, technology and innovation.

The UN has highlighted that the contribution of women is crucial to ensuring economic development across the world, and to meet the goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

To recognise and celebrate the work that women have already undertaken in these fields, we have gathered together a selection of titles from Morgan & Claypool Publishers, examining the past and present achievements of women in the field, and identifying future strategies to ensure the continued contribution of women and girls in science.

After the War Engineering Women and Physics

After the War
Women in Physics in the United States
Ruth H. Howes & Caroline Herzenberg
2016 124pp Paperback 9781681740300
Examines the lives and contributions of American women physicists who were active in the years following World War II, covering the strategies they used to survive and thrive in a time where their gender was against them. The percentage of PhDs given to women in physics has risen from 6% in 1983 to 20% in 2012 (an all-time high for women). By understanding the history of women in physics, these gains can continue.

Women and Leadership

Corri Zoli et al
2008 106pp Paperback 9781598296686
Explores the changes occurring in leadership for academic women in the sciences and engineering. It examines the nature of the change, as well as the persistent problems and obstacles that remain as barriers to women’s full participation in academic science and engineering, their career advancement and success, and, most importantly, their role as leaders. 

Women and Physics
Laura McCullough
2016 59pp Paperback 9781681742762
Begins with an examination of the numbers of women in physics in English-speaking countries, moving on to examine factors that affect girls and their decision to continue in science, right through to education and on into the problems that women in physics careers face.