Are education policies doing enough to enhance career paths of women in STEM and nuclear science?

Female scientists and engineers pioneered the nuclear and radiological fields, with leaders and innovators such as Marie Skłodowska-Curie and Lise Meitner, among many others, establishing the foundation of modern nuclear science and technology.

However, reports like The Persistence of Gender Gaps in Education and Skills and the NEA report on Gender Balance in the Nuclear Sector still show the lack of girls in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) careers. It also highlights the importance of enhancing the educational pipeline to attract, retain and maintain more women in the sectors.

On International Women in Engineering Day, OECD Directorate for Education and Skills and the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) co-hosted an expert panel to look at the latest education initiatives contributing towards attracting more women in STEM and asking the question, "Are policymakers doing enough?"

  • Marta Encinas-Martin, Senior Advisor Global Relations and OECD Education Gender Ambassador
  • Valentina Patrini, Social Policy Analyst, OECD’s  Directoratefor Employment, Labour and Social Affairs
  • Fiona Rayment, Chief Science and Technology Officer, National Nuclear Laboratory (United Kingdom)
  • Moderated by William D. Magwood, IV, Director-General, OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA)
Watch the discussion