It is widely accepted that role models can be highly effective sources of inspiration to others.
Women: play your part in SET?
However if female achievers, leaders and opinion formers are rarely seen and rarely celebrated, it is almost inevitable that the general public perception of a male dominated SET sector (science, engineering, technology, mathematics and the built environment) will be sustained.
The media is a powerful influence on public perceptions of science, and women need to be visible, but dealing with the media is not always straightforward. Bridging the gap between the media and women scientists is one way to increase visibility and to encourage more spokeswomen.
Women working at all levels of SET need to be visible to young people, and specially those who are studying or considering careers in these areas.
Women need to be seen to be actively involved in taking the decisions in science that impact on the whole population. Women's diverse experiences and perspectives and voices are needed to broaden and strengthen the quality of decisions that affect us all. Women are severely under-represented within the bodies, committees and groups that are making decisions about SET and the UKRC is working with government and the groups in SET to try and improve the participation of women.
If the leaky pipeline is to be repaired, women who are at an early stage in their career need to be able to see that there are women further along who have progressed in their career. The small numbers of women who reach the top of their profession need to show others that they too can make it to the top.
Cambridge AWiSE and the UK Resource Centre for Women in SET (UKRC) present 'Raising the Profile of Women in SET' on 7th December 2006, 10.00 - 15.00 at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge.
The day of seminars will
To register for this interesting day, please contact Erica Williams, UK Resource Centre for Women in SET, by email: email@example.com or telephone: 01274 436485 before Thursday 30th November 2006.
Cambridge AWiSE is a regional network for women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine (STEMM) in both industry and academia. It supports recruitment, retention, promotion and return to a STEMM career after a break. We bring together women with common interests and act as a source of support, information, and inspiration. We provide regular workshops, training, talks, networking opportunities and information through our website and newsletter.