Women in STEM

Four Stories That Show Science Still Has A Gender Problem

Vivian Chan | Posted 09.10.2017 | UK Tech
Vivian Chan

For the women themselves, it's a long-suffered truth. Statistically, women remain underrepresented in most areas of science at every level, from undergraduate courses all the way through to professorships. Despite how far we've come, there's a lot further to go, as these stories from women we met exhibiting at London's New Scientist Live exposition in September highlight.

Arts, Sciences And The STEM Gender Gap

Dr Nathalie Pettorelli | Posted 13.09.2017 | UK Tech
Dr Nathalie Pettorelli

Opposing the sciences to the humanities, particularly the arts, has been a persistent trend over recent decades, with countless debates and essays focused on demonstrating that one is more important than the other. Sometimes contextualised as the left side of the brain versus the right side - or logical thinking versus artistic creativity - the two are often described as polar opposites

Blonde Silicon Valley CEO Dyes Hair To Be 'Taken Seriously', Women In Tech Say She's 'Not Alone'

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 12.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A Silicon Valley CEO has revealed she dyed her blonde hair, wore loose-fitting clothes and switched her contact lenses for glasses in order to be “t...

If STEM Subjects Were Seen As More Caring, Would More Women Join In?

Dr Gabriela M. Medero | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK Tech
Dr Gabriela M. Medero

As an academic, I'm no longer looking to change the fundamental mind-sets of young women about studying STEM but instead, I want to help them to appreciate how the sector might fulfil their existing dreams and aspirations.

A Woman At Work: The Surprising Parts We Don't Want To Talk About

Sakthy Selvakumaran | Posted 27.04.2017 | UK
Sakthy Selvakumaran

I am sharing this now because I do not want to see the young people I meet, work with or supervise go through the same things. I want people not just to promote strong women as publicity figures, but consider the workplace culture for all women and men who feel uncomfortable or are unnecessarily held back. And people shouldn't have to feel scared to speak out, for fear that it would be considered against them in future professional endeavours.

As Female Scientists, We Can't Give Up On Leading The World Of Research

Frances Evans | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK Tech
Frances Evans

all women everywhere During my undergraduate and my master's degrees, I always wondered why so many of my lecturers were men and why there were hardly any women in our faculty. Especially when my classes were made up of mostly female students; it just didn't add up.

How To Improve Gender Diversity In The Technology Industry

Therese Stowell | Posted 15.03.2017 | UK Tech
Therese Stowell

Although the opportunities for women in STEM are steadily increasing, we are still finding it challenging to attract girls to choose this path and to keep them in the profession as time progresses.

When Do We Start Limiting Girls And Stop Them Striving In STEM?

Alison Powell | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Tech
Alison Powell

all women everywhere My perception is, that twenty years later, if I were choosing A levels, my experience would be no different. Apparently, there is a drop off in girls choosing STEM subjects at A Level, with a tiny proportion choosing physics compared to their male peers. This is followed through at University with a continuing small percentage choosing to take engineering or physics.

Unleashing The Hidden Figures In Your Organisation To Inspire The Next Generation Of STEM Professionals

Caroline Taylor | Posted 24.02.2017 | UK Tech
Caroline Taylor

This is an opportunity for any discriminated-against community, and the good news is that STEM jobs are projected to grow at skyrocketing rates in the coming years. According to research, the UK will need almost 1.3 million STEM professionals by 2020, but universities and colleges are only graduating around 71,000 STEM students each year.

These Photos Hope To Inspire Future Generations Of Women In STEM

The Huffington Post | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle

When most people think of a scientist, we picture a man wearing a white lab coat. When we think of engineers, we think of men wearing hard hats. The ...

I'm A Female Engineer, And I'm Sick Of Being Told I'm Doing A Man's Job

Zara Parkin | Posted 06.10.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Zara Parkin

I'm an apprentice welder and fabricator. I love my job, but I get negative comments from people when I tell them what I do and it needs to stop. Because I'm a female in a male-dominated environment, people say things to me like 'get back in the kitchen' or 'aren't you scared you might break a nail?'

Raising Children to Ignore Gender Stereotypes

Lucy Gill | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK Parents
Lucy Gill

Girls today may be the first generation able to end the hugely uneven mix of boys and girls going into STEM-related careers. All sorts of factors are now in place to allow girls to follow the passions that suit them, not just those that fit with gender stereotypes. However, to really achieve this, we need adults (parents in particular) to avoid sending out the message that some activities and careers are 'not for girls' or 'not for boys'.

Women In Engineering Day: Forging a Pathway for Girls in STEM

Eve Jardine-Young | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK
Eve Jardine-Young

From building oil rigs to working on biomechanical implant materials, engineering is a varied, innovative and inspirational global profession that is always evolving. Encouraging girls to actively consider a STEM career is crucial if our prospective designers, engineers, technologists and innovators are to have access to the full range of skills and talents needed to take on the challenges and opportunities of future generations.

The Intersection Between Women in Business and Women in STEM (And Why We Should Join Hands)

Cassandra Lee Yieng | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Cassandra Lee Yieng

Women in STEM and women in business have much to offer each other. The low prevalence of women in both fields indicate that something is amiss in our STEM and business environments. If we could figure out what we can do together, more women will remain in STEM and business and benefit each other.

Five Steps Men Can Take Today to Address the Lack of Women in STEM

Anne-Marie Imafidon | Posted 02.05.2017 | UK Tech
Anne-Marie Imafidon

As long as men in STEM continue to unconsciously perpetuate poor workplace habits through lack of confidence we'll have a big problem on our hands. A diverse workforce is maintained by a combination of retention, attraction and hiring of diverse talent. Improving men's willingness and ability to challenge these norms, and redefine the status quo, will help to ensure that we have a comprehensive solution.

Three Privileges Women in STEM Enjoy

Cassandra Lee Yieng | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK Tech
Cassandra Lee Yieng

ScienceGrrl released a report on the cultural barriers faced by girls and young women pursuing STEM. While it's easy to nod while reading the points raised in it, I'd like to take on a more cheerful perspective on how to solve the underrepresentation of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Here are three advantages STEM-literate women have:

To Raise Girls' Interest in STEM, Overcome These Three Beliefs

Cassandra Lee Yieng | Posted 25.03.2017 | UK Tech
Cassandra Lee Yieng

As an arts aficionada taking STEM subjects - in my case mathematics and information engineering, and computer science later this year - I've noticed several beliefs that people who tend to avoid STEM hold. By changing these beliefs, I'm sure more girls will find STEM relevant and worth putting effort into.

Dare to Dream: Parent, Carer, Scientist

Athene Donald | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK Tech
Athene Donald

The problems at school are largely cultural, being affected by societal and parental expectations as well as those of peers and teachers. Stereotypes abound. If girls are expected simply to wear pink and model themselves on Disney princesses they may be reluctant to admit to a burning love for mathematics or chemistry.

Women Trouble? - What Tech Companies Need to Do to Attract More Women

Ruth Davis | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Tech
Ruth Davis

The tech industry has women trouble. By the end of this year only 25% of tech jobs will be held by women. But in the cyber security industry where I work this ratio would be a dream come true - only 10% of information security professionals are women.

More Wizard of Oz Than Wargames: Do I Need to be Technical to be a Woman in Tech?

Michelle Beckett | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Tech
Michelle Beckett

It's obvious and well documented that technology has a gender problem, and there is a myriad of reasons for this, which I'll address in a different piece. But one of these issues can be partly addressed by breaking down the myth that you need to be a 'full on' coder to make it in technology.

'... But You Don't Look Like an Engineer'

Ceri Linton | Posted 28.02.2017 | UK Tech
Ceri Linton

Ok, then, so what does an engineer look like? This isn't an existential or hypothetical question for me, I would genuinely like an answer. It is remarkable how often I tell people I am studying to be an engineer and the response is just that - Ceri, you don't look like one. It's frustrating that people have these archaic preconceptions!

The Winner Of A 'Girls In Science' Campaign's Competition Was A Boy

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 27.02.2016 | UK

An energy company has faced a backlash after a competition run as part of a campaign to attract more girls into science was won by a boy. EDF Energ...

Mark Zuckerberg Gave The Most Feminist Response To Woman's Dating Dilemma

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 04.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Mark Zuckerberg earned some serious feminist brownie points this weekend for using his platform to inspire women in STEM. On Sunday, the Facebook f...

Five Things Taylor Swift Can Teach You About Mentoring. No, Really

Anne-Marie Imafidon | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Tech
Anne-Marie Imafidon

Like Swifty, what you need is a #squad of your very own - a group of people of varying ages and professions who can be sounding boards and advisers as you navigate your way through your own career.

Being Curious About the World Can Lead to Whole Host of Exciting Careers

Liz Bonnin | Posted 05.11.2016 | UK Tech
Liz Bonnin

It's curiosity that makes me a scientist. I'm always asking questions and I love to understand living systems right down to the atoms and equations they're based on. Science isn't a subject; it's a means to explain the whole world around you. There is no area of our lives that isn't affected by science.