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Celebrating Women and Girls in Science

The International Day of Women and Girls in Science calls attention to the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and math disciplines. As a project led by many women—and dedicated to helping mothers nourish their families so they can live healthy, productive lives—we commemorate this important day by recognizing a few of the scientists whose efforts make our work possible.

Angella Atero: Fascination with Food Leads to Fulfilling Career

Angella Atero is a nutritionist and food technologist who has been fascinated with food and health since she was a teenager. 

“I read a lot about the nutritional value of foods and particularly got interested in the nutrition of children, as I had a younger brother and sister,” she says. “I tried to make healthy recipes for my mum to prepare for us. I just loved to know what was in what I was eating.”

Angélica Jaramillo: Creating Happiness with Chemistry

Angélica Jaramillo knew she had an interest in and knack for chemistry—which she studied at the Universidad del Valle in Cali, Colombia, but wasn’t quite sure how she wanted to apply it in her career. “I thought it better to first learn the basics of the science and then find the application I wanted,” she says.

Carolina Claudio: Blazing a Trail for Nutrition in Brazil

Atinuke Lebile: A Young Agropreneur’s Quest for Impact

“Science is the best idea humans ever had — it is the pursuit of pure truth.” 

Atinuke Lebile might be young, but her unique combination of insight and determination are already taking her far. 

Josephine Mukakigeri: Using Science to Help Others

Growing up in a family of seven children as the only girl Josephine Mukakigeri has been challenging stereotypes since primary school. Unlike her brothers, she enjoyed and performed well in science courses. Choosing science for a career came as easily and she was the only one in her family to do so.

Esi Foriwa Amoaful: Women and Girls in Science

Advice for Young Women and Girls

These scientists don't let their gender define their ability. And they want to make sure the next generation doesn't either.

Dr. Edna Augustine Akpan, agronomist
Vice Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, Akwa Ibom State University and biofortification advocate