Anne-Marie Imafidon’s social enterprise Stemettes is also addressing the industry’s lack of diversity by helping girls create technology that relates to them...Since its launch four years ago Stemettes has helped 15,000 girls across the country.
“Society doesn’t see technical women enough so it’s assumed that they don’t exist and ‘technology isn’t something women do’,” says Anne-Marie Imafidon, co-founder of Stemettes, a group offering free Stem workshops and events for young women. “These attitudes and social norms permeate decisions made at all levels so women aren’t hired, promoted or given positions of responsibility and the cycle continues.”
The latest figures show that the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (known as STEM) industries are still dominated by men. According to a report from Fortune, women only hold 23% of STEM roles worldwide, but thanks to organisations like the Stemettes the opportunities for women in these fields are steadily increasing.
Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, co-founder of Stemettes, an award-winning social enterprise inspiring the next generation of females into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
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This highlights the importance of engaging girls in STEM subjects whilst in primary school, an issue raised recently by the Stemettes who gave their support to Microsoft’s report. The Stemettes, the social enterprise who are on a mission to get girls into STEM, recently hosted an ‘Eat, Sleep, STEM, Repeat’ event to emphasise that parents, teachers and organisations should kick start girls’ interest in STEM at a young age.