Women in STEM
Promoting women in STEM job opportunities, employers and events to female students and graduates with STEM Women.
Background and Women in STEM Statistics
It is widely acknowledged that STEM careers are male dominated. Percentage of women in STEM statistics include just 15% of Engineering graduates are female. The percentage of women in STEM for technology and mathematics are 19% for Computer Studies and 38% for Maths. The shortfall is hardly surprising when we consider that 13% of the overall UK STEM workforce are women in STEM and there are relatively few female STEM women role models as a consequence. Employers who do not actively target female candidates are likely to receive significantly fewer job applications from female candidates.
Whilst we are unable to influence the subjects selected by students, we can focus our attention on ensuring that females who have opted to study a STEM degree are made aware of our services. We ensure that we connect with relevant female groups on a weekly basis, utilising Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter to work with groups such as Women in Computing (Imperial), WISE, Women in Technology, woinco and Science grrl. We post content, comments and live vacancies; in turn attracting female visitors to STEM Graduates.
We are keen to highlight female specific events to the STEM Graduates community and to ensure that female visitors to our site are introduced to role-models. That’s why we are proud to be a “friend” of Stemettes.org. STEMettes is an organisation that aims to inspire females into STEM women fields through panel events, hackathons, exhibitions and mentoring. We promote their exhibitions on our “Future Events” pages and actively encourage our female visitors to attend.
To find out more Women in STEM statistics and other information, please see our sister site STEM Women
Women in STEM Resources
- The WISE Campaign - A campaign to inspire girls and women to study and pursue careers within women in STEM fields.
- STEMettes - An organisation running panel events, hackathons and exhibitions aimed at inspiring the next generation of women into STEM.
- Women's Engineering Society - A network of female engineers, technologists and scientists offering both support and professional development opportunities.
- Women in Technology - An information resource aimed to promote female employment within IT and technology.
- ScienceGrrl - A grassroots organisation representing the female face of science in the UK, working to inform women in STEM policy at a national level.
- STEMNET - A network of ambassadors working to encourage young people who are under-represented within women in STEM subjects and careers to pursue their interests in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
- CodeFirst:Girls - An organisation working with companies and young women with the intention of increasing the number of women working in tech.
- Sparxx - A division of the Women's Engineering Society focussed on inspiring girls to become part of the next generation of innovative thinkers.
- BCSWomen - A specialist group aligned to the Chartered Institute for IT, providing a networking platform for professional women in IT.
- STEM Women - A blog which aims to promote careers for women in STEM whilst highlighting issues of gender inequality.
- STEMinist - Featuring stories that present voices of women within Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
Girls Who Code - An organisation running technology programs aimed to equip girls with the computing skills that open the door to '21st century opportunities'.
LivWiSE - The University of Liverpool's Women in Science and Engineering Society promotes career options for women in STEM fields.
- 'The Importance of Bridging the STEM Gender Gap' by Mark Bradford, STEM Graduates.
- 'Female engineers: Equalising the path to a career at the forefront of science' by Amy Mclellan, The Independent.
- 'Are STEM employers doing enough to retain female talent?' by Anjlee Gupta, the University of Leeds via LinkedIn.
- 'Engineer Your Career' by Dr. Will Whittow, the University of Loughborough via WhatUni.com.
Is there something we've missed? Or perhaps a new resource that you think could be useful? Feel free to drop Mark Bradford an email with any suggestions you might have at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our video careers advice series will interview individuals that play an important role in promoting women in STEM along with female students and graduates discussing their careers search: