Women in STEM refers to the participation and representation of women in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Despite the progress in society and the STEM fields in recent years, women still face challenges in these historically male-dominated fields. For example unequal pay, a persistent gender bias, lack of equal of opportunities and a lack of representation for younger women to look up to. Supporting women in STEM is important for promoting diversity and working to improve the workplace culture in STEM. By creating an organization where women can engage in other women in STEM, we hope to create an environment wherein women feel supported and empowered. We hope to start workshops, monthly meetings, spotlight our members and even go as far as to advocate for policy changes that address systemic barriers faced by women in STEM.
Where did the idea for STEMinists come from?
I am a student interested in Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics in particular but also enjoy coding and concepts of Computer Science. I was having a conversation with a few of my female teachers in the aforementioned subjects and we realized how these fields were represented by men in our own environment. We were able to count on one hand the women that took part in competitions and opportunities. That led to me thinking to myself why this is. I ended up realizing the lack of representation present in our environment. A lot of women might be interested but hold back because of the lack of women empowerment in STEM. I then decided that rather than hoping for change I should do something about it. By creating STEMinists I hope we can, as a community, empower women across the world. We can work together to advance equality and diversity in STEM.
Let us choose for ourselves our path in life, and let us try to strew that path with flowers.
Emilie Du Chatelet, Mathematician, physicist and author
To empower women in STEM across the globe by creating a community where we promote diversity and push each other to unlock our potential.
Create a community with women in STEM from different backgrounds, ages, qualifications and countries to advocate for change whilst supporting fellow STEMinists.