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Women In Microbiology

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Ahead of the International Day of Women, Frontiers in Microbiology are proud to present our inaugural 'Women in Microbiology' article collection, a dedicated Frontiers special issue aimed at celebrating the achievements of women in science.

Whilst around half of all biology graduates in the United ...

Ahead of the International Day of Women, Frontiers in Microbiology are proud to present our inaugural 'Women in Microbiology' article collection, a dedicated Frontiers special issue aimed at celebrating the achievements of women in science.

Whilst around half of all biology graduates in the United States are women, only 18% of full professors and other faculty members are female - a discrepancy replicated globally: according to the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, only 30% of the world's scientific researchers identify as female. In the era of COVID-19, gender equality is more important than ever, as the pandemic has disproportionately impacted females; whilst women make up 39% of global employment, they account for 54% of job losses during the outbreak. Earlier this year, the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres stated that “COVID-19 could reverse the limited progress that has been made on gender equality and women's rights”. This gender-regressive scenario must be addressed; first and foremost by representation of women in roles across all walks of life - including science.

Frontiers in Microbiology is thrilled to present this article collection as a platform to promote the work of female researchers across the field of Microbiology. This Research Topic is open for submissions across all specialty sections of our journal, and all manuscripts will be handled by female members of our exemplary editorial boards. To be considered for this collection, one, or all, of the corresponding authors must be female researchers.

Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.


Keywords: Women, Microbiology, representation, WomeninSTEM, STEM, InternationalWomensDay, Female, Coronavirus, COVID-19


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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