Biases and gender stereotyping play a big part in widening the gender gap in STEM, and these are common from the classroom to the boardroom. Key influences come from family and peers, the education environment, media and cultural beliefs. And the impact is that girls appear to lose interest in STEM subjects with age, particularly between early and late adolescence.
At CA Technologies, we are taking active steps to help remove gender stereotypes in education, raise awareness and understanding of STEM subjects to girls and women through role models and provide real-life insights into STEM careers.
“Our female role models enable young girls to imagine what it is like to work in stem.”
– Silke Jung, Senior People Business Partner, CA Technologies
Understanding STEM Careers:
We believe that female role models can enhance girls’ confidence and motivation to improve their understanding of STEM careers. In response, CA Technologies became a founding sponsor of ‘People Like Me’ Goes Digital in 2017. Created by the WISE campaign, People Like Me is designed to attract more girls into STEM subjects and careers. The programme uses the natural tendency of girls to articulate their self-identity using adjectives, and works to show them that people like them are happy and successful working in careers in STEM.
Removing the Boardroom Barriers
Even if young women do manage to overcome these initial barriers, and excel in STEM subjects, they are often daunted by the prospect of being the only girl pursuing a STEM career, as well as by the possibility of workplace barriers. Globally, and across industry, the number of women on corporate boards has risen to 12%. It has been found, that companies with at least one woman board member perform 10% better than companies without women board members.
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