In December 2013 we attended a ‘Women in STEM’ roundtable at No 10 Downing St along with several STEM companies, institutions and outreach groups. We presented what a joined-up solution to the ‘women in STEM’ problem should look like.
Fast forward a couple of months and the Stemettes have made an official pledge alongside STEM employers, businesses and institutions, all of whom are listed as signatories on the ‘Your Life’ campaign.
- Stemettes commits to running quarterly public panel events, hackathons and exhibitions to inspire the next generation of women into STEM fields.
- Stemettes commits to increasing science capital by including parents at our public events.
- Stemettes commits to increasing the provision of career guidance and quality mentoring for girls over 16 in the UK through a series of webinars and mentoring sprints.
Between May 2014 and May 2015, Stemettes pledged that:
- For every quarterly panel event for girls and parents that we run in London, we’ll run one outside of London at a STEM employer’s offices
- We’ll run hackathons at STEM employers’ offices for girls to work on mini-projects with women across STEM, where they’ll also be awarded the British Science Association CREST Awards
- We’ll continue to include parents in our public events and in doing so will boost the science capital of girls on the project.
- We’ll run a series of mentoring sprints and career guidance webinars for girls over 16 who have the potential to become ‘Stemettes’
- We’ll extend our ‘STEM in a Day’ offering to girls between 11 – 18 years old and will seek connections to more companies across STEM to host day-long workshops
- We’ll continue to offer ‘Tap & Tinker’ sessions for girls aged 11 and under, bringing women working in STEM into the school environment to work with them for half a day.
- We’ll also nurture support and promote high-potential girls who engage with the project. Further details will be made public in a separate announcement in 2015.
- We’ll maintain a very active presence on social media targeting girls, their parents and other stakeholders, to raise awareness of role models, news and best practices in this space.