Through Both Eyes: the case for a Gender Lens in STEM
STEM skill shortages are a major constraint on the growth of the UK economy, and we are worryingly short of female representation in these fields. Sir Peter Luff MP asked ScienceGrrl to explore this problem and make practical recommendations for change.
The resulting report "Through Both Eyes: the case for a Gender lens in STEM", by Dr Anna Zecharia, Dr Ellie Cosgrave, Professor Liz Thomas and Dr Rob Jones, was published on 31st March 2014. Some media coverage of the report:
- The Conversation - Article by Anna Zecharia, ScienceGrrl Director and one of the report's authors
- Telegraph - Research by pressure group Sciencegrrl highlights need to break down barriers it says are holding back women from STEM careers
- Chi Onwurah, Huffington Post - Why I Am Not Surprised That 54% of Us Cannot Name a Female Scientist
- HR Magazine - Females lack role models in science, according to YouGov poll
Fighting the Neurotrash
ScienceGrrl and Prof Gina Rippon hosted a session on how to tell NeuroNews from NeuroNonsense at the WOW festival in Match 2014, discussing how neuroscience is often twisted to legitimise gender stereotypes. Here are Gina's Fighting the Neurotrash slides.
Events and outreach case studies
We're building up a portfolio of events and outreach activities that we've tried and tested, you're welcome to borrow these ideas and adapt them to suit your own situation. Do get in touch if you'd like to know more from with people who have had success with these activities, we're happy to talk about what we've done and advise on how you could make these activities work for you.
- Speed mentoring - An evening session for female ScienceGrrl members, over 18 years old and at the early stages of their careers. Before the event they were asked to think about an issue/challenge and choices that they would like to address within the context of their own priorities and aspirations in relation to education, careers and their personal development. Briefing details for mentors and mentees.
- SuperHero Profiles created by ScienceGrrls in Aberdeen for use in a Discovery Day aimed at primary school children. See this blog post for more details and photographs.