1 in 10 said Isambard Kingdon Brunel when asked ‘name a woman scientist’ showing desperate lack female role models. The YouGov poll questioned nearly 3,000 people and was conducted on behalf of ScienceGrrl, a pressure group aiming to boost the take up of science, technology, engineering and maths among girls.
A new report from ScienceGrrl, called Through Both Eyes, about the hurdles facing girls when it comes to making informed subject choices.
Read the full article: http://news.tes.co.uk/b/news/2014/03/28/isambard-kingdom-brunel-named-as-female-scientist-shows-39-alarming-39-lack-of-female-science-role-models.aspx
Victoria Lambert in The Telegraph asks; does the curriculum include husband-hunting and salon-hosting? Is it a school for social climbers? Or is it simply the case that matron adds testosterone to the girls’ water supply?
This adds a twist on the single sex versus co-educational debate.
Read the full article: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/kate-middleton/10719247/Why-everyone-wants-a-Marlborough-missus.html
Labour’s education spokesman Tristram Hunt blames ‘casual sexism’ of governors for gender gap among top teachers. Mr Hunt cited research from the Future Leaders Trust showing that the gap between the number of males and females appointed to secondary school headships was growing. The 2012 figures showed that 64% of heads were men and only 36% women.
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There is concern over female participation rates in science, but gender disparities need to be addressed in many subjects, for example, boys make up just 29% of English A-level students.
Read the full article: http://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/mar/18/girls-physics-boys-other-subjects-gender-disparity
Justine Thornton, Environmental Barrister and wife of Ed Miliband Leader of the Labour Party, visited Parliament Hill Girls School on 7 March to do Inspiring Women campaign ‘career speed networking’ with 40 girls and eight other female lawyers.
Justine said about the Inspiring Women campaign event: “It was a privilege to mark International Women’s Day with Year 8 girls at Parliament Hill School. Joined by eight other women lawyers, we talked with the students about careers in the field. They asked us interesting questions and I hope we’ve inspired them to think about a career in law.”
Inspiring Women volunteer Elspeth Lynch, who works as Associate General Counsel and managing director, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, talks about going into Parliament Hill School.
Elspeth says: “As part of a commitment by my employer (BofA Merrill), to encourage every employee to go into a school this year and talk about their career, on 7 March for International Women’s Day, I participated in a legal-themed event organised by Inspiring the Future at Parliament Hill School. I was joined by eight other senior female lawyers (solicitors, barristers and in-house lawyers) with Justine Thornton leading the line-up. We followed a ‘speed career networking’ format, with each of the lawyers sitting at a table answering questions from 12-13 year old girls. I spoke about my role at the bank and then we turned to what the pupils wanted to know. What really struck me was their thirst for information about what my role involves and what my career path looked like. I was very impressed with the varied nature of their questions and their insightfulness – our time flew by. I really hope the experience was inspiring and that at least some of the students will consider a career in the legal profession – certainly they seemed very engaged and interested. The opportunity to spend time with these girls also gave me a chance to think about some of the choices I’ve made along my own winding career path. I felt privileged to be involved, and was truly impressed with the girls’ energy.”
This week Rushanara Ali, Bow and Bethnal Green MP and Shadow Education Minister took part in an Inspiring Women campaign ‘career speed networking’ with pupils at Central Foundation Girls School, Bow in the deprived East End of London on 6th March ahead of International Women’s Day. Six women from diverse organisations talked honestly about their jobs and careers with the girls for an hour.
Alongside Shadow Minister Rushanara Ali the other ‘speed career networkers’ talking with girls were; Anastasia Petrova, Relationship Manager RBS, Sam McAlister, TV Producer BBC Newsnight, Ngaire Moyes, Director Corporate Communications Linkedin, Hannah Fearn, Social Affairs Journalist Guardian Online and Elena Letyagina, Vice President Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
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