You are forgiven for thinking you have heard it all before- it is because you have. There’s a skills gap (yawn), girls don’t like engineering (:-zzzzz) and what they really need is role models (please change the record!). What is surprising is that, for a bunch of scientists, we haven’t been very scientific in how we solve it. We have spent hundreds of millions of pounds on a number of well-intentioned campaigns, before doing the data collection and analysis- and we have had very little impact. Well, after ten years of working on Improving Gender Balance, the Institute of Physics are pretty proud of their results.
Read my blog at Science Grrl here. http://sciencegrrl.co.uk/tiring-of-twenty/
What can girls do? Check out my handy advice here.
What can business/ industry do? Check out my top tips here.
Read the IOP Reflections on Improving Gender Balance here.