International Women's Day
MyKindaFuture celebrate International Women’s Day on Wednesday March 8th with an exclusive Women in Technology digital chat
Gender inequality still remains widespread across many industry sectors, with one of these affected sectors being technology. In 2015, McKinsey’s study on recruiting and retaining women in technology organisations revealed that the number of young women completing engineering and technology programmes has dropped significantly over the past 30 years.
In the UK, only 33% of girls who take Maths and Science GCSEs progress into any form of Level 3 core STEM qualification, whether this is via the A-level, advanced apprenticeship or vocational qualification routes. This is compared to 80% of boys from the GCSE cohort that progress to a Level 3 STEM qualification.
Recent studies have also shown that the issue is not just recruiting and retaining women in science and technology: the problem is also how these careers are perceived. Female Software engineer, Isis Wenger launched a successful global Twitter campaign: #ILookLikeAnEngineer to tackle stereotypes around what a female software engineer looks like. The campaign generated 75,000 tweets across 50 countries and the hashtag helped raised awareness around the prejudice faced by female engineers and people working in STEM more widely.
MyKindaFuture passionately believes in giving every young person equal power and opportunity to shape their future. To celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th, we are launching our inaugural Women in Technology digital chat. This is an opportunity for female students from our Bright Futures societies across UK universities to connect directly with leading employers who are determined to encourage and support a diverse workforce.
Topics to be discussed:
• How to overcome gender bias challenges in the workplace
• Top tips for assessment centre success
• Exploring the journey of female role models in technology
For more information, please contact Adam Brown firstname.lastname@example.org