The following post is based on a speech given at Stemettes’ 3rd birthday celebrations by Yasmine Dankwah, who is currently a Student to Stemette (STS) sherpee. STS aims to inspire young women into STEM careers by connecting them with a woman in industry who actively mentors them over the course of four months. The programme is supported by Deutsche Bank.  I joined Stemettes because I was generally interested in technology – however, my school’s main focus was engineering and medicine so they did not cater for this area of STEM. For me, applying for Student to Stemette was an opportunity […]

I’ve always wanted a mentor and having gained one in the last year I’m really pleased. I know many women still wish they had one. It’s no surprise, then, that the women in the room understood just how special what was about to take place at the Stemette’s Mentor Matching event was, as soon-to-be STEM-enthusiast mentees and Deutsche Bank women in STEM mentors filled the room. As the girls and women settled, it was clear that our prospective mentees also had a sense of the uniqueness of this situation. Chatting, sharing excitement, smiling and relieving their nerves in frenzied unison. […]

You normally wouldn’t expect to see an all-woman panel of experts on science, technology, engineering and math (commonly known as STEM). And why would you? There is a surprising consistency in the way women and girls are under-represented in scientific, engineering and technological fields across the world, and the UK is no exception to the rule. British women make less than 10% of all engineers, are only 17% of the technology workforce in the UK, and 2 out of 3 female science graduates don’t work in Stem. In a country where the STEM skills shortage is a serious economic concern, […]