Science and engineering are male-dominated fields, with the proportion of women working in these sectors varying significantly between different industries. In the service sector, 46% of scientists and engineers are women, while in manufacturing, only 22% are women.
According to recent data released to mark International Day of Women and Girls in Science on February 11th, Latvia stands out as one of the leaders among EU Member States in terms of the proportion of women employed in science and technology. This includes occupations involved in the systematic generation, advancement, diffusion, and application of scientific and technological knowledge, as well as other related occupations like technicians or associated professionals.
The highest shares of women employed in science and technology were observed in Lithuania, the French region of Corse, and Latvia. On the other hand, regions with the smallest proportions of females employed in science and technology were recorded in the Italian region of Nord-Ovest, Malta, and the Italian region of Sud.