Women are under-represented in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields globally, but the situation is worse in Africa. In response to this, the Inter-Academy Partnership-Research (IAP-R) partnered with NASAC to publish a book profiling African women scientists. Women in STEM fields face various challenges such as educational constraints,
cultural and gender prejudices as well as stereotyping, which influences their opportunities and choices.
The result of which is a severe reduction on the number of women who enrol to complete studies and are employed in STEM fields. Consequently, the Women for Science Working Group also identified profiling African women scientists as a priority area for NASAC