when you consider the plain grey statistics
it is clear women are underrepresented and undervlaued
nevermind the experiences of the
YET, somehow I heard little about it?
LETS CHANGE THAT....
"When a curious mind is given resources and opportunities to learn, research, test, teach, and invent, the possibilities are limitless. A woman builds solar lanterns that bring light to her Guatemalan town. Girls code a drone controlled by SMS messaging that will dispense medicine in rural areas. A woman pharmaceutical chemist wins the Nobel Prize for research on anti-malarial compounds that improve the health of millions.Women and girls in STEM are creators, entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders.
They’re tackling some of the most pressing global challenges head-on, but, across the field, their participation remains relatively low. Why?"
The Grey Facts
Less than 30 per cent of researchers worldwide are women
Women only comprise 25% of STEM related fields
< 20% of STEM leadership positions
3% of Nobel laureates in sciences.
ICT (3 per cent), natural science, mathematics and statistics (5 per cent)
and in engineering, manufacturing and construction (8 per cent).
A good friend of mine, was told by her male teacher that A level Physics was for boys. Thank Goodness she's badass & so she sat in her all-male class with that teacher. Can't wait to see her owning it in her Lab one day!
I was mercilessly teased whilst taking my A level ICT, and sat in a class of only two girls (including myself). Cue the comments that I got an A Level in turning the printer on....
A good friend of mine was on clinical placement when she was asked out for drinks by her senior 'supporting' consultant...conveniently when no one else was in the office, what a power ploy.
After leading on a group case study & preparing for a presentation with our recommendations about a country's health system (at a world-class institute), a mature male in my group felt it was appropriate to lean across the table and make a crude proposition.
It's Time to Change the Narrative
The THREE challenges on the STEM journey
1. Attracting her Intellect
Access to education appears to have improved with global female enrolment increasing in the last few decades, however multiple barriers hinder female education including prevailing cultural norms.
"Gender biases and stereotypes have steered women and girls away from science-related fields.
The effects of these gender disparities ripple across workplace culture, policies and narratives, which can exclude or push out women and girls from the classroom to the C-suite"
"Let her study. Let her work. Let her lead. Her curious mind is needed. " UN WOMEN
2. Retaining Females in the WorkPlace
"Numerous studies have found that women in STEM fields publish less, are paid less for their research and do not progress as far as men in their careers." UNESCO
"With inclusive workplaces serving as empowering environments, women scientists can focus on what’s important: unlocking their full potential as innovators for a better tomorrow."
"Diverse and gender-equal leadership is crucial for creating workplace cultures where all can thrive." MEDIUM
3. Redefining Reintegration
What are the Implications of this on our Future?
Read more about the above STEM ROLE MODELS at : MEDIUM
" As the fourth industrial revolution starts, women still have less than two-third of the economic opportunity that men have. The jobs of the future will be driven by technology and innovation, and if the gender divide in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is not bridged soon, the overall gender gap is likely to widen." UNWOMEN
"With too few women in decision making roles and higher-paying STEM jobs, the gender gap in STEM has deep implications for the future of global economy. For instance, women stand to gain only one new STEM job for every 20 lost, in stark contrast to men, who gain one new STEM job for every four lost. Improved recruitment, retention and promotion policies, as well as continuous learning and up-skilling for women can go a long way towards closing this gap. " UNWOMEN
Secretary-General of the United Nations @antonioguterres
Feminism in the Modern World...
When the question "is Feminism still necessary?" is voiced , there is the resounding voices of women globally shouting "YES!"
Yes, it appears we have equal opportunities,
Yes it appears we are equals in the work place,
& Yes , it appears that we have made huge strides
Gone are the days confined to the kitchen without choice
but the modern workplace is filled with
particularly as women try to work their way up the career ladder.
For the ladies trying to break the glass ceilings in STEM,
the female panels, the #girlgang empowering friendships and supporting male feminists.
We see you. We see your work. We see you paving the path.
© la bonne vivante 2019