There aren’t enough women going into Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) fields.
It’s a problem because there is currently a skills shortage, and if we don’t have a diverse workforce in STEM then our competitive advantage is missing a huge boost. We’re looking for individuals and companies to help us give the next generation a good grasp of STEM, what it involves and the roles available.
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Stemettes was set up to help combat the lack of women in STEM in a new way – see our very first blog post ‘In the beginning…‘
I decided to start Stemettes after
- hearing this keynote in 2012 at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in Baltimore, MD
- being one of 3 girls in a class of 70 studying Maths and Computer Science at university and
- attending a ‘Spotlight on STEM’ workshop run by Business in the Community where I learnt that there’s a real problem in the UK.
There’s no doubt that we suffer from a lack of women in STEM and a poor uptake of STEM careers amongst females.
Many have mused on the reasons why women don’t go into STEM, and ways to combat this. Here are two ideas from the Science Development Network and a five-point programme from Christine Hodgson of Capgemini.
So we’re a group of volunteers from the industry doing what we can, to help. We can’t have women leaders, if they’re not joining the industry, or are ignorant of STEM itself. Diversity is important in any industry – and STEM especially. Diversity of thought leads to innovation.
To inspire the next generation of females into Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) fields by showing them the amazing women already in STEM via a series of panel events, hackathons, exhibitions, and mentoring schemes.
All girls will be able to make informed decisions about careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), so that eventually women can be proportionally represented in the field. So that we can have 30%+ of the UK’s STEM workforce being female, as opposed to just 13%.
For more information visit: www.stemettes.org