Science doesn't have a gender. Neither does brilliance.
But a recent U.S. study – published in the journal Science – found that girls as young as 6 years old believe that being "really, really smart" means being a boy. Women already are underrepresented in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) disciplines.
So if girls take themselves out of the game early, how does that impact the career choices they might make later on?
That's why the United Nations introduced the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, celebrated on Feb. 11. It's all about encouraging and empowering women and girls to embrace this field.
In that spirit, we invited a group of 4- and 5-year-old girls at Abbott's Early Discoveries – a child development center open to employees – to ask female scientists why they love science.
In Abbott's nutrition business, female scientists drive pioneering innovations and research every day in pediatric, diabetes, muscle health and cognition. To cultivate the next generation, over the past decade, Abbott and the Abbott Fund have invested more than $44 million in programs and exhibits that advance STEM education.
To learn more about how Abbott supports women in science and engineering, read the full article.