“One of the problems in the biotech world is the lack of women in leadership roles, and I'd like to see that change by walking the walk.” Jennifer Doudna, 2020 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry
Science and gender equality are both vital for the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which are a set of 17 goals and universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and improve the lives and prospects of everyone, everywhere.
Over the past 15 years, the global community has made a lot of effort in inspiring and engaging women and girls in science. Yet less than 30% of researchers worldwide are women.
So we decided to celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science on this 11th February by putting the spotlight on some of our enthusiastic female students and amazing female alumni. Each case study below highlights some top tips to students, and explore different avenues into STEM professions – or other options where science studies can lead you to!
As Mrs Cobbett explains, “I believe this to be the start of an extremely exciting project for The Latymer School, and it is great to see so many students, past and present, getting involved and sharing their experiences. As a school, we have been working hard to encourage more girls to take up STEM subjects. We have more female science teachers than ever before, and teachers of science & maths from a BAME background are making a significant contribution to the School. We also have a female Head of Chemistry and two of our technology teachers are women. Furthermore, we now offer Computer Science GCSE taught by a woman and the Technology Department offers some engaging and inspiring post-GCSE projects to students. We would, of course, like to see girls better represented and hope that this initiative will inspire our female students to choose STEM subjects.
Sometimes it can be daunting entering a male dominated area – as a female Head Teacher, I know that all too well. But, as explained so well in our testimonials, never give up and don’t be phased. At Latymer we encourage students to be aspirational and to pursue their dreams and I hope that that is a message that comes through here loud and clear!”
A big thank you to all the alumni and students who took the time to contribute! For alumni wanting to take part, it’s not too late - please email Beatrice Cami at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.