Statement on the International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2022 by Lucy Gildea, Chief Innovation Officer of Mary Kay Inc.


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DALLAS – Below is a statement from Dr. Lucy Gildea, Director of Innovation, Products and Science at Mary Kay Inc., on the International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2022.

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In a landmark study conducted between 1966 and 1977, nearly 5,000 children were asked to draw a scientist. Among these drawings, only 0.6% represented women scientists. Similar, more recent studies have shown an improvement, with 28% of modern children drawing female scientists when given the same task.

It is progress. But we are not there yet.

Mary Kay Inc. envisions a future where more female scientists exist not just on paper, but in the real world. That is why, on this International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we call on all governments, educational institutions and our peers in the private sector to invest in, encourage and advocate for more women and girls in science. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). More girls in STEM education leads to more women taking up STEM careers. This, in turn, provides access to more equal opportunities for women, narrows the gender pay gap, strengthens economies, and eliminates biases in scientific fields.

That’s why Mary Kay supports minority students in STEM studies by investing millions of dollars in projects like the Academy of Marketing Science, the Society of Investigative Dermatology, and the Madame CJ Walker Scholarship.

That’s why each year the Mary Kay Ash FoundationSM supports the development of female scientists with research grants that help find cures for cancers specifically affecting women.

Every day, through innovation and science, women around the world are solving some of our most complex problems, but more needs to be done to recognize their contributions, give them a voice and increase their representation in the field. of STEM.

In the future, when we ask young girls to draw a scientist, I hope they draw themselves.

About Mary Kay

One of the first to shatter the glass ceiling, Mary Kay Ash founded her beauty company nearly 60 years ago with three goals: to develop rewarding opportunities for women, to deliver irresistible products and to make the world a better place. Over the years, his dream has grown into a multi-billion dollar business with millions of independent sales force members in nearly 40 countries.

In addition to investing in the science behind beauty and manufacturing cutting-edge products, Mary Kay is committed to empowering women and their families. By supporting cancer research, protecting victims of domestic violence, beautifying communities and encouraging children to achieve their dreams, our company ensures that the original vision of Mary Kay Ash continues to shine today. Learn more about

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