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In 2022, the number of women working in science and engineering roles in the EU increased by 310 500, bringing the total to almost 7.3 million. This accounts for 41% of all employment in this field, highlighting the importance of female representation in these roles. The majority of female scientists and engineers were employed in the service sector, with 46% working in this sector, compared to only 22% in manufacturing.

The proportion of female scientists and engineers varied widely among EU member states in 2022. Denmark, Lithuania, and Bulgaria had some of the highest proportions at 53%, 52%, and 51%, respectively. However, Hungary, Finland, and Germany had lower proportions at just 31%.

In terms of regional distribution within each country, Lithuania had the highest proportion of females employed in science and technology occupations at NUTS1 level (64.1%), followed closely by France’s Corse region (63.9%) and Latvia (62.7%). On the other hand, Italy’s Nord-Ovest region had the smallest proportion at just 45.3%, with Malta and Sud following closely behind at 45.8% and 46.1%, respectively.

This news item marks International Day of Women and Girls in Science on February 11th, which aims to raise awareness about gender inequality in STEM fields and encourage more women to pursue careers

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