In the science/technology/engineering/mathematics (STEM) industry, it’s common knowledge that male presence vastly outweighs that of girls’, and not due to biological gender differences. It’s why action has needed to be taken to bridge the gap, and get more capable women into STEM education and workforces.
According to research by the University of Roehampton in London, 30,000 fewer girls are studying key stage four level computing subjects now, compared to figures four years ago.
Movements across the UK are working to change this. The WISE Campaign, which focuses on achieving gender balance across STEM industries, is launching a new training platform to make it easier for companies to inspire girls into choosing STEM careers.
WISE’s CEO, Helen Wollaston has said the initiative has been tremendously successful so far. “It’s clear that delivering interesting and thought-provoking career-focused workshops to girls has resulted in an impact on the ambitions and interest in STEM among those who participated,” she said.
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