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ACR-166 International Day of Women and Girls in Science. (2017-2018)

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Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 166
CHAPTER 27

Relative to International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

[ Filed with Secretary of State  March 27, 2018. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


ACR 166, Baker. International Day of Women and Girls in Science.
This measure would designate February 11, 2018, as International Day of Women and Girls in Science in the State of California and would encourage all Californians to observe the day and recognize the critical role women and girls play in advancing technology and innovation.
Fiscal Committee: NO  

WHEREAS, The idea for an International Day of Women and Girls in Science was generated during the first High-Level World Women’s Health and Development Forum organized by the Royal Academy of Science International Trust and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, which was held on February 11, 2015, at the United Nations Headquarters; and
WHEREAS, Women and girls continue to face numerous obstacles and restrictions, limiting access to education and funding for research, preventing them from having scientific careers and reaching their full potential; and
WHEREAS, The United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change both emphasize the role of gender equality in the fields of science; and
WHEREAS, In recent years, the number of women involved in science has significantly increased, but women still only account for less than 30 percent of the world’s researchers, and even lower percentages at higher decisionmaking levels; and
WHEREAS, Existing gender inequality in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields is not only a matter of fairness, but also represents a lost opportunity in women, girls, and society as a whole when women and girls are discouraged from participating in scientific and technological communities; and
WHEREAS, The United Nations has established the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, the International Telecommunication Union, and various other relevant organizations to support women and girls and promote the participation, training, and research activities with science and technology at all levels; and
WHEREAS, The pursuit of science suffers when women cannot enjoy the same opportunities as men and cannot provide diversity and differing viewpoints; and
WHEREAS, We must overcome any bias against women and encourage gender parity in research and industry; and
WHEREAS, Organizations and institutions competitively benefit from providing a supportive workplace environment for women to excel, expand their scope of research, and provide different perspectives; and
WHEREAS, The International Day of Women and Girls in Science recognizes the invaluable contributions women have made to the scientific community and the global economy; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, That the Legislature designates February 11, 2018, as International Day of Women and Girls in Science in the State of California. The Legislature encourages all Californians to observe the day and recognize the critical role women and girls play in advancing technology and innovation; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.