9 Online Resources To Get Girls And Women Into STEM
Ada Lovelace was a mathematician and is known as the foremother of computing, and earlier this week, her works and lives were commemorated by Ada Lovelace Day. By creating the first algorithm to be used on Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine, Ada was in effect a computer programmer in the 1840s. Her genius was only realised over 100 years later, in 1953, when her notes were published. Such is the way for women, who, at present, make up only 14.4% of people working in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
And those who do work in STEM face discrimination; 60% of women working in Silicon Valley have reported sexual harassment in the workplace. STEM careers include some of the highest-earning roles in all working life, and if women aren’t encouraged and supported to join STEM, and then treated with respect and parity once they are within STEM, the gender pay gap will persist until 2067.
Fortunately, there are projects - both grassroots and corporate - seeking to help redress the balance, for girls right through to women who are looking to train or firm up their coding skills on the side of their main role. Here’s a list of some useful resources to get you, a girl or woman you know, further into STEM or help her hone her skills.
Set up by MAKER Anne-Marie Imafidon, this group encourages young girls to participate, enjoy and thrive within STEM through panel events, hackathons, exhibitions and mentoring schemes across STEM fields
This international site is a bookshop without the pink colour-coding, preferring to focus on books which show and encourage girls to do as well as the boys!
For students and postgraduates
These fellowships are on offer to help women pursue research careers in the UK or Ireland, awarding four funds of £15,000 annually to outstanding postdoctoral researchers in the fields of life and physical sciences.
This sprawling network non-profit offers coding sessions, meet-ups and tutorials for computer engineers.
This network offers free and paid-for courses for women and university students as well as courses and corporate education for companies across the UK and Ireland.
This charity and professional network aims to encourage women to participate and achieve as engineers, scientists and leaders.
WiSET wants to redress the gender imbalance in science, offering a resource for girls in education, women in work, families, peer groups, and those just seeking to rid STEM of gender stereotypes that prove off-putting to women!
This grassroots organisation is about celebrating and supporting women in science and making sure it’s passed on to the next generation of girls.
With an aim to get one million more women into the STEM workforce, they’ll work with talent from classroom to boardroom, connecting women in STEM, helping them to up-skill themselves and their organisation and celebrate other women and inspire others.