Girls in Stem

Parents Are Key To Getting More Girls In IT

Ellie Bradley | Posted 04.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ellie Bradley

While the wider societal challenges of gender stereotyping will take some time to change, parents can start the process in the home - and there are many resources to help introduce girls to STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) topics and support their interest.

Why Getting Girls To Code Starts At Home

Pip Wilson | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK Tech
Pip Wilson

As this fantastic overview of the issue points out, gendered advertising developed in a fully-fledged narrative in which computing was the reserve of boys. Tech-focused films in the 1980s regularly featured a gifted, male, techy protagonist who would use his abilities to win the affections of a girl.

Encouraging Girls To Stay In STEM

Shelley McKinley | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK Tech
Shelley McKinley

Greater gender balance in these areas can only be achieved if we first increase the number of young women who actually see themselves pursuing STEM into further education. But that is just the beginning. As young women begin STEM studies and careers we have a responsibility to provide mentoring, encouragement, training and support that helps them continue.

The Price We All Pay For A World That Doesn't Value Gender Equality

Anita Tiessen | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK
Anita Tiessen

Photo credit: WAGGGS One of the challenges when running a global organisation that counts 10 million girls and young women from 146 different count...

Re-Engineering Beauty And The Beast

Edwina Dunn | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Tech
Edwina Dunn

We are simply not doing enough to show young people the many inspiring men and women who are right now working on projects to provide the world with cleaner energy sources, to give us healthier foods, to cure cancer, to provide those without shelter with smart homes and so much more.

Beyond Ada: The Future Of Women In STEM

Becky Plummer | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK Tech
Becky Plummer

Happy Ada Lovelace Day everyone! Today is a day to celebrate the incredible achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) who've come before us. It's also a day to look to the future.

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.

Putting Technology to Good Use by Supporting Women in STEM

Laura Wheeler | Posted 22.06.2017 | UK Tech
Laura Wheeler

Perhaps surprisingly, we are finally at a point where there are actually more women entering the scientific pipeline than there are men. However, it is at the top of the ivory tower where the disparities lie - there are much fewer women in top management roles than men.

Anne-Marie Imafidon: Why It's So Important For Girls To Explore Their Love Of STEM

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 07.07.2016 | UK Tech

Anne-Marie Imafidon is in every way possible a prodigy. At age 11 she passed her GCSEs in Maths and IT and by 20 she had graduated from Oxford Univers...

Single-Sex or Co-Educational - Which Offers the Best Preparation for 'Real Life'?

Eve Jardine-Young | Posted 01.05.2017 | UK Parents
Eve Jardine-Young

Decisions about education are some of the most important choices that parents and children have to make. There is certainly not a one-size-fits-all so...

Why We Need More Girls in ICT

Julie Ward | Posted 28.04.2017 | UK Politics
Julie Ward

We're living in an age of transformative technological change, with ever-accelerating innovations which impact every aspect of our lives. How we manag...

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.

How To Break Into Code: For Women, By Women

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK Tech

The issue of gender diversity within the tech industry is one that has, over the past 18 months, become one of the driving forces in creating better e...

'... 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...

The Internet Says Engineering Isn't for Girls

Lily France | Posted 04.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Lily France

Until the images we give to the media and young people are different and more inclusive, perceptions of engineering will not change and girls with a passion for engineering may never actually join the industry.

A Song for Tomorrow's Engineers Week

Joanna Anderson | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Tech
Joanna Anderson

I'm Joanna Anderson. I'm 23 years old and I'm a civil engineer. I'm not a man, I don't walk around in a hard hat all the time, and I don't spend all day on a construction site. Most of us don't fit that stereotype!

Ada Lovelace and Tourism

Heather Jeffrey | Posted 13.10.2016 | UK Tech
Heather Jeffrey

Ada is thought to be the first female computer programmer and her name has been given to this otherwise nondescript Tuesday in order to celebrate the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Bridging the Gap: STEM Subjects Are NOT Just for Boys

Emma McGuigan | Posted 12.10.2016 | UK Tech
Emma McGuigan

With Ada Lovelace Day upon us today (an international celebration of the achievements of women in the STEM sector), what better time to rally together and promote these inspirational figures, especially as 77% of the girls we surveyed felt that the science and technology sector lacks high-profile female role models.

Gender Targeted Outreach Should be a Priority for Today's Universities

Michael Sutherland | Posted 16.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Michael Sutherland

As Admissions Tutor at Corpus Christi College, I was disheartened to find that last year, the percentage of female applicants for Computer Science and Engineering across the University were a paltry 12% and 20% respectively.

Girls, to Make an Impact, Stick With STEM

Yasmin Ali | Posted 09.09.2016 | UK Tech
Yasmin Ali

If girls enjoy these subjects so much when they're younger, why don't they continue to study them at GCSE and A-Level? Why do females only account for 15-20% of engineering and computer science students at University?

The Missing Link: Why Organisations Need To Think Outside The Box To Inspire The Next Generation Of Engineers

Naomi Climer | Posted 28.07.2016 | UK Tech
Naomi Climer

Earlier in the year we produced a research report which stated that just seven per cent of parents thought engineering would appeal to their daughters...

Bridging the STEM Gap: Reducing Bias and Increasing Efficiency

Sophie Dundovic | Posted 02.07.2016 | UK Tech
Sophie Dundovic

It is striking that despite the significant variance in mathematical ability between within gender, generalised binary rules are often applied when discussing these issues. This phenomenon is not exclusive to gender and skills, but seen consistently in situations where there are different groups, leading to stereotype formation.