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5 life lessons from women in science

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The gender gap in science is no secret — fewer than 30 percent of the world’s researchers are women. And while the number of women pursuing careers in science is steadily rising, the lack of representation can be a tough hurdle to overcome. 

Yet the research is clear — gender diversity improves the scientific process. In conservation, women’s direct participation and decision-making results in stronger and more equitable outcomes.

In celebration of International Day of Women and Girls in Science, five Conservation International scientists reflect on their early careers and share advice they would give to their younger selves.

Mary Kate McCoy is a staff writer at Conservation International. Want to read more stories like this? Sign up for email updates. Also, please consider supporting our critical work.