Government call for more women!
Women and Equalities minister Jo Swinson recently met with experts from the academic and business sector to kick start a new focus on getting more women and girls to choose Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects and careers.
Women now make up 46 per cent of the UK’s work force, but only 15.5 per cent of the STEM workforce are women (this excludes medicine, which does have a high representation of women). Just 8 per cent of engineering professionals are women. Additionally, despite the fact that girls out-perform boys in GCSEs and A-Levels, and there are more women graduating from university than men, just 12% of engineering and technology undergraduates are women.
The meeting included Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society, STEMNET, WISE, Women’s Engineering Society and LadyGeek and discussed what more can be done to speed up action and encourage more girls and women to take up STEM.