Global Women’s Breakfast 2021 Empowers Diversity in Science

Happy International Day of Women and Girls in Science!

The 2021 IUPAC Global Women’s Breakfast, GWB2021, was held on February 9, 2021, two days prior to the United Nations Day of Women and Girls in Science. Goal 5 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals is: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. As quoted in the recent Gender Gap in Science study, and stated by the UN, “Gender Equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.”

GWB2021 was successfully and enthusiastically celebrated by groups large and small, both virtual and in-person, all united in the goal of “Empowering Diversity in Science“.  Despite the challenges of COVID-19 restrictions, the number of GWB events increased from 244 in 2020 to 322 this year. The number of countries participating also increased from 54 to 70 this year.

Science organizations of all types: high schools, colleges, universities, research institutions, scientific societies and global industry organizations participated. Many groups opted to schedule their events in the afternoon or evening to better accommodate schedules and allow greater participation. Each event was independently organized to meet the needs of the local organization. Some organized webinars or panel discussions recognizing distinguished women scientists, others developed quizzes and other games, others held discussions on gender bias, many were simple gatherings for socializing and networking. On behalf of Co-Chairs Mary Garson and Laura McConnell, many thanks go out to the hard working organizers who worked to pull together these event despite the challenges. Additional thanks go out to the GWB task group members and country leaders who helped to coordinate events in their region.

Global Women's Breakfast map of events

GWB2021 Global Map a few hours after the first events began in New Zealand, Australia and then into Asia

Collection of some tweets from GWB2021. Many more can be found on Twitter under the hashtag #GWB2021