Today I was at the Scottish Parliament in Holyrood, Edinburgh, for the EQUATE Scotland 10 year anniversary celebration of “I am a STEMINIST!”.
It’s an honour to have been invited along, and to also be chosen as one of the ‘Leading Women of Scotland in STEM’ by EQUATE. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)
I was given a space in their fantastic book of Inspirational women – it’s always weird to see my face on paper!
They do such fantastic work in promoting gender equality in the STEM sector, and have helped many women up and down the country with their STEM careers!
Happy anniversary, EQUATE, and keep up the amazing work!!
I’d like to say a huge thank you to the City of Glasgow College (COGC) for asking me to be a representative and champion for women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) as a speaker at their “Women and Girls in STEM” event. I had the honour of speaking to many young women and girls who were interested in what the STEM fields were about, and was able to give them a little insight of what it’s like, as a woman, to be in these fields.
I later joined the girls in some of the experiments available on the day, including the “make a rocket car” Bloodhound experiment!
As I mentioned in my talk, there is still such a strong underrepresentation of women in STEM and we don’t only ‘want’ more women in these fields, but ‘need’ them for so many reasons.
I later had some of the girls approach me to tell me that their perception of what STEM was had changed during that day, and that they were now hoping to pursue a future in these fields – as you could imagine, it was a very proud moment for this STEM mama bear!!
From meeting the other incredible speakers (Dr Peter Hughes from Primary Engineer, Talat Yaqoob of Equate Scotland and Susie Mitchell from Glasgow City of Science), to being able to deliver the message of how STEM isn’t always what we’re shown in the media and by stereotype (I.e. simply just lab coats, boiler suits and hardhats!) it was a very successful and insightful day for all!
Most of all, being able to watch the future generation of our women in STEM growing a passion for these topics was so rewarding!!
COGC, keep up the amazing work!
(Will hopefully upload a short video from the event soon!)