Women in Ocean Science

Equity for Sustainability

To achieve its ambitions, the Ocean Decade needs to cut across geographies, cultures, identities, and generations, and recognize and address gender disparities in ocean science for long-lasting and impactful change. A continued effort to ensure equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility in ocean science is essential to transform and unlock opportunities in ocean science.


Ingenium, DFO and Canadian Commission for UNESCO are committed to encouraging and empowering women and girls in science, technology, engineering, and math.

The 5 women in this poster were featured in the Gender Equity in Ocean Science: Amplifying Voices, Increasing Impact report. You can read more about each of them below.

The report (Gender Equity in Ocean Science) examined factors that contribute to the underrepresentation of women in ocean science. The study reaffirmed that ocean science benefits from gender equity. However, it found that barriers, such as unconscious bias, a gendered workspace and unpaid labour, though not exclusive to ocean science, hinder the participation of women in the field. The report recommended accommodating unpaid care responsibilities, mentorship, outreach to marginalized communities and the inclusion of women in planning and policy as means to achieve this goal.

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