Just 13% of science, tech, maths and engineering workers are female. There are several initiatives around the the globe which aims to readdress this balance. From encouraging little girls to play with Lego to mentoring and inspiring female students in University. Many claim a lack of positive female role models is to blame for this gender imbalance. Certainly, I remember only one woman professor in the department I did my degree research in.
I passionately strive to encourage young girls to consider STEM careers and am a member of many organisations such as ScienceGrrl and Project Yamina which are working hard to keep girls interested in scientific research and careers.
Here, Rachel Swaby, author of a book highlighting women’s contributions to science, chooses her favourite female scientists, from the greatest dinosaur hunter to the inventor of Kevlar.