On the 8th March every year we celebrate International Women’s Day, a day that promotes gender equality & celebrates the achievements of women worldwide.
As specialists in science recruitment, we wanted to celebrate women working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics industries this International Women’s Day. It is widely acknowledged that pretty much all STEM careers are saturated with male workers, but in recent years more women have been studying STEM subjects and pursuing STEM careers. Let’s take a look at some of the interesting statistics provided by The STEM Women Organisation:
These figures show that in 2016/17 more women graduated with STEM degrees than they did in the previous year across all core subjects! It truly is amazing to see an increase in the number of women taking an interest in science.
Women & Science in the Media:
One way that women are often inspired to pursue a particular degree or a career is through aspiring to be like other women they see on TV. There are a number of women in the media who, through their work as scientific TV presenters, are really inspiring other women to pursue science careers.
For those of you who haven’t heard of Liz Bonnin, she is a TV presenter who has worked on a number of successful science and nature programmes. She studied biochemistry at university and later completed a masters in Wild Animal biology. In her TV career, Liz has presented over 50 primetime science and nature programmes including the incredibly popular BBC 1 documentary Drowning in Plastic. Liz has travelled the length and breadth of the Earth to pursue her career, and is a true inspiration to women.
Professor Alice Roberts
As an anatomist, biological anthropologist, author, broadcaster and Professor of Public Engagement in Science and the University of Birmingham, it’s safe to say that Professor Alice Roberts is an amazing role model for women who are interested in science. She has presented a range of science and archaeology TV shows and regularly tours the country to give lectures on her books and television programmes.
Miranda is not only a biologist, but she is a specialist in natural history and archaeology and she’s a trained diver! This amazingly talented woman has presented a range of television programmes that showcase her extensive knowledge of these subjects, and she has authored two books. She enjoys motivating young people to love and care for nature in the way that she does, and she often visits schools and universities to share her message.
Aren’t these women truly inspirational! We think it’s great that women can use the media to not only promote science and conservation but also to show younger women that science is an increasingly gender inclusive industry. If you’re a woman on the hunt for a science-based job, take a look at the science jobs we have to offer by clicking the button below:
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