SNP Promotes Drive to Improve Gender Equality in STEM
In the wake of the UN’s International Day of Women and Girls in Science, held on Saturday Feb 11, the Scottish National Party promoted its drive to improve gender equality in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
The Scottish Government’s STEM strategy aims to tackle stereotypes and ensure women and girls have equal access to both learn and work in STEM subjects. Launching the Teaching Makes People campaign this week the Cabinet Secretary for Education said that addressing the gender imbalance was at the heart of all that the SNP does in taking forward the next steps of the strategy.
“I am really proud of the work our SNP government has done and continues to do to promote gender equality in all aspects of life - including in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics,” SNP Member of Scottish Parliament Christina McKelvie said in a statement sent to Rigzone.
“The government’s STEM strategy raises awareness of gender bias with parents, families and teachers to encourage more girls to aspire to STEM studies and careers, and since 2007 there has been a 6 percent higher pass rate for girls in all STEM subjects,” she added.
McKelvie also highlighted that the Equate Scotland group received $62,585 (GBP 50,000) to offer paid placements to women with the relevant qualifications in the STEM sector, filling known skills gaps in key economic sectors like engineering and science.
“I hope the incredible progress on closing the gender pay gap and helping more women to learn and work in the STEM sector continues – and I hope that the next generation of women grow up in a world where the glass ceiling has been firmly broken,” McKelvie said.
Between 2007 and 2016 the number of female entrants in STEM subjects at Scottish universities had increased by 26 percent in first degree courses and 47 percent in postgraduate courses, the SNP revealed.
Attracting, retaining and advancing women in STEM careers has been an ongoing challenge for the wider oil and gas industry.
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