Welcome to the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. For 2021, the United Nations has set the day to focus on the role women are playing in fighting COVID-19 but also notes that the pandemic has put extra work onto women who typically handle more of the burdens of childcare and remote schooling.
"[It is] particularly affecting those at the early stages of their career, and thus contributing to widening the existing gender gap in science and revealing the gender disparities in the scientific system, which need to be addressed by new policies, initiatives and mechanisms to support women and girls in science," the UN said.
Women are involved in every level of the plastics industry. Ilham Kadri is CEO of French material supplier Solvay, Erin Kane is president and CEO of AdvanSix and Lori Ryerkerk is president and CEO of Celanese.
On the machinery side for one example, Mayumi Kotani, president of Kyoto, Japan-based Yushin Precision Equipment Co. Ltd., will be joining the Plastics Hall of Fame in 2021. The Procter & Gamble technical molding subsidiary Imflux counts Mary Wagner as its CEO.
Thirteen of this year's Rising Stars are women.
And if you've ever heard anything about sustainable material from Ford Motor Co. — such as biocomposites or recycled plastics — there's a good chance that Deborah Mielewski was involved with it. (Mielewski is the first woman named a Ford Technical Fellow.)
While it's on your mind, keep an eye out for the 2021 Women Breaking the Mold nominations. Profiles for the class of 2021 will run in late July. We'll alert you when submissions open.