The very first International Day of Women and Girls in Science took place last month and while “progress towards any goal to have more women in STEM is very slow”; it’s positive initiatives such as these which can have a significant impact, according to Gillian Arnold, Chair of BCSWomen:

“The sooner we get to 30% women in STEM, the easier it will be. There are lots and lots of good initiatives out there, and there is some very appealing best practice. It is now down to company leaders to ensure that there is true equality of opportunity for all.”

Something that Helen Wollaston, Chief Executive of the WISE Campaign agrees with: “We want to see the percentage grow to at least a 30% because this would be the tipping point. When any minority group is a third of the total, they are no longer perceived as a minority and the culture naturally feels and becomes more inclusive.”

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