A new report from the Canadian Science Teachers’ Association looks at the changing makeup of the scientific workforce and how it’s impacting science education.
In Canada, the number of women in science has been steadily increasing since 1980.
But the proportion of women working in science is still relatively low.
This year, women made up only 3.6 per cent of the national science workforce.
The report recommends that we do a better job of recruiting, training and retaining female scientists and that we encourage women to take science careers up-front.
It’s important to note that women in the field of science are not the only ones whose roles are changing.
According to the CIAs report, men and women in each field are increasingly sharing similar roles and responsibilities.
We have to do more to encourage and support women in their careers, both at the top and the bottom of the science and engineering ladder.
But we have to also take action when women are falling behind.