To mark International Women’s Week, we show how connectivity is helping narrow the gender gap. But huge inequalities remain.
If you had to guess what percentage of the science, technology, engineering and maths [STEM] workforce is made up of women, what number would you choose? Fifty? Forty? Afraid not.
“In June 2022, only 2.69% of the UK’s core STEM workforce were women,” explains Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, CEO of Stemettes. She points out that in the UK “women make up half of the wider population [and are] impacted by the STEM sector.
“This is particularly problematic, as not having a diverse set of people who reflect the society in which the outputs of STEM are realised, means an absence of perspective and experience in the decision making, prioritisation and implementation processes.
“We’re leaving an entire gender behind in a field that continues to shape all aspects of life as we know it – and so the STEM sector is creating more problems than it is solving.”