There has been a wave of concern regarding the way in which women and girls are highly under-represented in Science, Technology, and Maths and Engineering (STEM) careers. The lack of women within this sector has been the basis of contentious argument and many initiatives have been set up on the back of this. Nevertheless, it is also important that we continue to look at the bigger picture and remember that the lack of diversity within STEM careers exceeds further than a gender issue seeing as disabled people, ethnic minorities and socially disadvantaged groups are also marginalised in this industry – more significantly within the most senior roles within the sector.
Did you know that Only 6% of the engineering workforce in the UK is female, only 5.5% of engineering professionals are female and only 27% of engineering and science technicians are female? This is why the Women's Engineering Society have set up National Women in Engineering Day.
Careers Consultant Deena Lamela-Panthaky based at King’s College London explores this topic:
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The gender imbalance in ICT is a subject of much debate. Recently, MP Chi Onwurah told the House of Commons that between 2001 and 2011 the percentage of tech jobs held by women in the UK declined from 22 per cent to 17 per cent; and the number of women enrolled in technology training courses had not changed for 30 years.
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