Although world statistics show that men dominate in the fields of science and engineering, the situation in Lithuania is different. More than half of Lithuanian scientists and engineers are women. This is the largest share among all EU countries: among them, the proportion of female scientists and engineers varied widely in 2019, ranging from 55 percent in Lithuania to 28 percent in Luxembourg.
On February 11th the world celebrated the International Day of Education for Girls and Women. For this occasion, Eurostat reminded the statistics of the year 2019, when there were more than 6.3 million female scientists and engineers in the EU, accounting for 41 percent of total employment in science and engineering. Among EU Member States, the proportion of female scientists and engineers varied widely in 2019, ranging from 55 percent in Lithuania to 28 percent in Luxembourg. At the other end of the scale, the smallest proportion of female scientists and engineers was recorded in Baden-Württemberg in Germany (29 percent) and Luxembourg (28 percent: a single region at this level of detail).
In the report of Ministry of Social Security and Labor of the Republic of Lithuania, it is stated that in 2019 the gender pay gap in Lithuania was 12,4 percent; the smallest gender pay gap was in the education field. In two sectors the average pay for women was higher than for men: transport and storage companies (10,7 percent) as well as construction companies (2,9 percent).
These positive statistics demonstrate that gender stereotypes are possible to battle and challenge the tendencies of the gender balance in the transport field. The example of the science sector could inspire women and in the transport field as well as the relevant stakeholders is to be curbed.