Thursday’s L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science award ceremony recognized five outstanding scientists and 15 young researchers but they also released a "manifesto" to increase women in some scientific fields. While men are under-represented in fields like psychology and education, in the hard sciences it is the other way around.

The Manifesto @4womeninscience promotes a six-point agenda:

  1. Encourage girls to explore scientific career paths,
  2. Break down the barriers that prevent women scientists from pursuing long term careers in research,
  3. Prioritize women’s access to senior positions and leadership positions in the sciences,
  4. Celebrate with the general public the contribution that women scientists make to scientific progress and to society,
  5. Ensure gender equality through participation and leadership in symposiums and scientific commissions, such as conferences, committees and board meetings,
  6. Promote mentoring and networking for young scientists to enable them to plan and develop careers that meet their expectations.

To sign the Manifesto: