Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects are still largely dominated by boys and young men. By not choosing these subjects, and the careers that follow, girls’ are losing out on earnings and opportunities. What’s more, the day to day world around us that benefits from STEM is missing out on the vital input women bring to the work they do. Decades of work by educators to change this situation is working, more girls are choosing STEM subjects. But there is still a long way to go to tackle negative gender stereotypes that hold girls and non-binary students back from choosing STEM subjects.
Breaking down stereotypes - role models for girls in STEM
On Thursday, 3 March, the NEU and Stemettes held a joint webinar to launch these resources in advance of International Women's Day so they can be used to mark that day in schools.
Key speakers included Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, CEO and Founder of Stemettes and Countdown Mathematician, along with Adesua, a young Stemettes Society member and Heather McKenzie, Women's Organising Forum.
Re-watch the webinar below if you missed it.
Resources celebrating diverse women role models in STEM
The NEU has partnered with Stemettes, an award-winning social enterprise working to inspire and support young women and non-binary people to explore and choose STEM careers. Together we have produced these exciting resources celebrating diverse women role models in STEM. The resources are aimed at Key Stage 3 and 4. They are designed like meal planner, with starters, main meals and desserts. Each ‘meal planner’ is accompanied by a presentation and teaching notes.
Katherine is a mathematician who contributed to the US space programs with the early application of computers at NASA. She calculated the trajectories and backup return paths for the early NASA missions and the 1969 Apollo 11 flight to the Moon. Her calculations were critical to the success of these missions.
Dr Nita Patel
Nita Patel is an Indian-American physician and vaccinologist who leads vaccine development at Novavax. She oversaw the development of the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine.
Sheila Scott OBE
Sheila Scott OBE was an English aviator who broke over 100 aviation records through her long-distance flight endeavours. On a 34000-mile "world and a half", she became the first person to fly over the North Pole in a small aircraft.
Victoria followed her heart to a career that focuses her love of hands-on problem solving into engineering medical technologies that save lives. Victoria is a Process Engineer at Boston Scientific in Minnesota, but she is also a local mentor and a proud Latina.
Liz Bonnin is a Science presenter. At university, she studied Biochemistry and after presenting for a few years she went back to university to gain a Masters in Wild Animal Biology. Some of the shows she has presented in the past include, Top of the Pops, Bang goes the Theory, Stargazing Live and Operation Snow Tiger.
Orla Murphy is an audio engineer at Jaguar Land Rover. Orla realised her love for Science and Engineering when she led a school project on bubbles at the age of 16, which won first prize in the Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry section of the BT Young Scientist Competition and also won Special Award from the Institute of Physics.
Hiu Wai Lee
What is your favourite animal? Which dinosaur is the best and why? Hiu Wai is currently a first-year PhD student on cranial suture evolution on archosaurs, which include birds, crocodiles, non-avian dinosaurs, and their common ancestors. Her work involves programming, biotechnology, looking at fossils and their images, and working with palaeontologists and biologists. She was the teaching assistant for the online course on Dinosaur Ecosystems on EdX.
Amanda is a Data Scientist and she is the Founder of STEMi Makers Africa. The STEM and Innovation Makers of Africa is a not-for-profit organisation that focuses on preparing young Africans with the right resource tools & professional development to embrace STEM pathways.
Dr Tessa Lau
Dr Tessa Lau is the Chief Robot Whisperer at Savioke, Inc. where she is creating a new generation of user-friendly robots that work safely, securely and reliably in human environments. Her goal is to revolutionise service robots. Dr Lau holds a PhD in Computer Science.
Anisah Osman Britton
Anisah is the Chief Technology Officer and Head of Ecommerce at VinoKilo, a German vintage fashion brand. She was also the CEO and Founder of an all- women and non-binary young people coding school called 23 Code Street.