Women in Science

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.

Sir Tim Hunt's 'Problem With Girls' Actually Did Us A Favour

Nitya Rajan | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK Tech
Nitya Rajan

The neutrality of the lab almost insulated us from a more toxic reality - women in science simply did not celebrate being women in science. But when you compare the STEM arena to politics and the arts, the culture is a little different - even at the undergraduate level.

How Firing Tim Hunt Fixed Sexism in Science

Ria Lina | Posted 02.07.2016 | UK Comedy
Ria Lina

UCL have yet again been at the forefront of scientific discovery. This time, senior academics have realised that if you force the resignation of one s...

'Go Fix Your Make-Up, We're Working,' Female Science Students Are Told By Their Lecturers

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 18.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Females studying science, technology, engineering or maths are victims of "highly normalised" sexism, with one being told by a professor her good grad...

Boris Settles The Tim Hunt Sexism Row By Calling In A Crying Expert

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK

Boris Johnson has called for Sir Tim Hunt to be reinstated after the Nobel Prize-winning biologist was forced to quit a number of roles for making con...

Female Scientists Respond To Tim Hunt's 'Sexist' Comments In The Best Way

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 12.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Female scientists have united on Twitter with the hashtag #DistractinglySexy in response to "sexist" comments made by Cambridge PhD graduate, Sir Tim ...

Sexism in Science, Why We Still Have Some Way to Go Yet

Sam Crossman | Posted 11.06.2016 | UK Tech
Sam Crossman

This week, a series of stories emerged, which highlight the systemic discrimination that plagues the scientific community to this day. Whether we like it or not, sexism in science is alive and well, and until female academics have the same opportunities as their male counterparts, it is an issue that cannot be ignored.

The Trouble With Girls?

Professor Claudia Eberlein | Posted 11.06.2016 | UK Tech
Professor Claudia Eberlein

So, the trouble is not with girls; it is with prejudice and deep-seated "traditional" attitudes that somehow place men above women when it comes to performance in and aptitude for science. Swimming against the flow is always strenuous.

The Sir Tim Hunt Media Storm Has Failed to Recognise That Gender Inequality Isn't Unique to Science Labs

Jessica Wade | Posted 11.06.2016 | UK Tech
Jessica Wade

What Sir Tim's comments, and the resulting media storm, have failed to recognize is that gender inequality isn't unique to engineering institutes and science labs - we, as a society, continually fail to get these inter-gender relationships right, and it's holding all of us back.

We Are Passionate Scientists Who Will Not Be Bullied

Dr Ruth Massey | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK Tech
Dr Ruth Massey

Yesterday the self-proclaimed chauvinist and Nobel Laureate, Sir Tim Hunt, told a room full of journalists that having 'girls' in the lab was troublesome. Why so? Because he can't stop himself falling in love with them (and vice versa if Sir Hunt is to be believed.

Scientist Agony Aunt Tells Reader To 'Put Up' With Colleague Ogling Her Chest

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle

And the award for most inappropriate piece of advice ever goes to... Science magazine's career advice columnist, Alice Huang (aka Ask Alice), who r...

Science Should NOT Be Perceived as a Man's World

Professor Dame Carol Robinson | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK Tech
Professor Dame Carol Robinson

Many people think of a career science as being all about long hours in the lab, but there's a brilliant flexibility. The opportunities to present your research, to interact at conferences and to carry out collaborations across the world are tremendously exciting.

Don't Forget the Girls: Breaking Down the Gender Barrier Starts at Home

Olympia Brown | Posted 13.06.2015 | UK Tech
Olympia Brown

I can only hope that small changes in perception, attitude and most of all confidence like these, repeated over and over again in homes across the world, will result in more girls feeling more confident about science, and families feeling more positive (and less scared!) of tackling a science activity themselves.

Launching a Women's Network

Dr. Donna Connor | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK Tech
Dr. Donna Connor

I'm really hopeful that as we, and others, continue to build these networks we can create coaches and mentors that will bring through the next generation of budding young scientists and engineers

Maths and Physics: A Formula for Success

Nicky Morgan | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK Politics
Nicky Morgan

We want to show young people that maths and science can open up endless possibilities for their future - and for Britain's future too. Our plan for education will ensure that we equip every child with the skills and knowledge they will need to succeed - and our message is that maths and physics can get them there.

Who Said There Are So Few Women in Science?

Simon M. Clabby | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Tech
Simon M. Clabby

Working at the Mary Rose, it seems hard to believe people who say that there aren't enough women in science. We have a healthy number of female scientists here at the museum specialising in all sorts of fields. Conservation, archaeology and teaching are the most popular however; physics still seems to be a subject left to the boys.

'We Can't Force Girls To Like Science', Says Glasgow Academic

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK

Schools should "give up" trying to attract more girls into traditional male subjects like computing, engineering and physics, because attempts to brid...

Sexism in Science 101: Mythbusting

Priya Shetty | Posted 20.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Priya Shetty

While I acknowledge that some women genuinely haven't experienced it, the fact that so many senior women scientists refuse to engage with feminist issues bothers me deeply - not because I'm a blinkered women's rights campaigner, but because equality in science matters to me.

Why It's Vital to Inspire Girls to Get Involved in STEM subjects

Jacquelyn Guderley | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Tech
Jacquelyn Guderley

Our core principles are unchanged; to maintain authenticity in all we do, and to give girls access to the skills, opportunities, inspiring women and role models needed to make them believe that girls can do Science, Technology, Maths & Engineering too, then act on that belief.

Gendered Marketing Perpetuates Stereotypes, Constrains Minds and Limits Our Children's Potential

Chi Onwurah | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Politics
Chi Onwurah

Before entering Parliament I spent two decades working as a professional electrical engineer across three continents. Regardless of the geographic location or the size of the company it was always a predominately or all male environment. But it is only when I walk into a toy store that I feel I am really experiencing gender segregation. At some point over the last three decades the toy industry decided that parents and children could not be trusted to choose to what to buy without colour coded gender labelling.

Even If No One Else Sees It for You, You Must See It for Yourself (The Survivor Personality)

Eleni Antoniadou | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Eleni Antoniadou

Even during extreme hardships, when you feel you are riding a pendulum from self-doubt to extreme frustration, when everyone seems like trying to prove you wrong and everything is against you, practice detachment from your our thoughts and your current situation and try to take a bird's eye view of our own thinking.

Girls Ahead Of Boys In STEM Subjects

PA | Posted 05.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Girls are outperforming boys in maths and science, but action needs to be taken to encourage more of them to study the subjects, it has been suggested...

Do Women Need Women-Only Prizes?

Athene Donald | Posted 01.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Athene Donald

The young women making their way through school and university now, with dreams of progressing in their chosen field, maybe aiming right for the very top, need to know that their aspirations are achievable, that their dreams are not mere fantasies and that routes to the top exist.

Why We Need to Address STEM's Gender Gap

Green Futures | Posted 23.04.2013 | UK
Green Futures

Educational bias, workplace policies and lack of encouragement may go a long way to explaining why only 27% of scientific researchers worldwide are women. But while equity is reason enough to tackle the issue, the world may have a lot more to gain from a better balance.

More Women in Science and Engineering Will Unlock Growth

Ann McKechin | Posted 18.02.2013 | UK Politics
Ann McKechin

One way to tackle the skills crisis is to try and encourage a group into STEM who have been more or less an endangered species in science and engineering to date: women.