How To Break Down The Barriers Young Women Still Face In STEM
A survey by U.K. education provider QA published in 2019 found that more than half of young women would be interested in a career in STEM but 78% were discouraged by gender inequality. Though there has been a greater uptake of science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM) A Levels by young women in the last few years, the barriers they face still loom large and after a year of shutdowns in schools, universities and businesses across the world, these figures look set to rise - in fact, according to STEM Women, 60% of female STEM students feel they have had their future career prospects affected by the pandemic.
This isn’t about fighting for equity for equity’s sake. The need for more women to enter STEM careers, particularly those from historically marginalized backgrounds, is vital —for innovation, for safety and for profit.
This sits at the heart of the work of Dr. Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, the cofounder of the award-winning STEMettes—an award-winning social enterprise working to encourage the next generation of girls and non-binary people into STEM.