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Wise Calls on Industry to Encourage Girls into STEM


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Wise, a U.K-based campaign aiming for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) gender balance, has called on the STEM sector to help break down the negative stereotypes that put girls off STEM careers.

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Wise (Women into Science and Engineering), a U.K-based campaign aiming for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) gender balance, has called on the STEM sector to help break down the negative stereotypes that put girls off STEM careers.

The industry needs to help change how girls perceive STEM careers if it wants to fill the 173,400 job openings in the U.K., according to the group.

Said Wise CEO Helen Wollaston, “At A-Level, only one in 10 computer science students ... are female. When you take out health, fewer than one in five of science, technology, and engineering jobs in the U.K. are held by women. We simply have to get better at showing girls that math, science, and technology open doors to exciting, well-paid jobs where they can make a real difference to the world.”

Wise has created My Skills My Life, an online resource designed to help girls understand more about which skills and subjects lead to specific careers.

From ComputerWeekly.com
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