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Women in STEM

By Helen Clark


In the ever-evolving landscape of technology and innovation, the role of women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields is more crucial than ever. Despite significant progress, gender disparities within STEM industries remain prominent, with data from HESA stating that in 2023, only 31% of core STEM students in Higher Education in the UK are women or non-binary. This article will explore why encouraging women and girls to pursue STEM education and careers is not just a matter of equality; it is an essential step towards unlocking untapped potential and driving innovation forward. In short, increasing women in STEM will increase the UK’s labour value by at least £2bn.

First and foremost, to gain a fuller understanding of the ongoing gender disparities within STEM industries, we must first look at education and the gendered stereotypes that historically have pushed girls towards humanitarian and social sciences, and boys towards science and maths. It is important to note here that the number of women in science and engineering roles is growing, and up until university, boys and girls take math and science courses in roughly equal numbers. The question we can therefore pose is, can colleges and universities make a difference in attracting and retaining women in STEM?

An AAUW report titled ‘Why So Few’ exploring women’s underrepresentation in STEM notes that ‘colleges and universities can attract more female science and engineering faculty if they improve departmental culture to promote the integration of female faculty’. Initiatives aimed at encouraging girls to pursue STEM education, such as mentorship programs, STEM camps, and outreach efforts, are essential in breaking down barriers and inspiring the next generation of female scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and technologists. In short, representation matters. Naturally, when women see other women succeeding in STEM fields, it inspires confidence and ambition. We need to highlight the achievements of female scientists, engineers, and innovators to showcase diverse role models and empower women and girls to pursue their passions without limitations.

STEM fields have historically been dominated by men, further perpetuating the stereotype that these subjects are better suited for males. This outdated mindset will inevitably deter young girls from pursuing interests in science and math, leading to a lack of equal gender representation in STEM classrooms and workplaces. If we don’t challenge these stereotypes early on (ie. In the classroom and at university), women and girls will continue to believe that only men should pursue interests in STEM fields. STEM-related jobs are among the fastest-growing sectors globally, offering competitive salaries and career stability. By fostering interest early on and providing support and resources, we can equip women and girls with the skills they need to thrive in these fields and contribute to solving complex global challenges alongside men, as equals.

It is no secret that diversity fuels innovation. When women bring their unique perspectives and experiences to the table, their fresh ideas and approaches can lead to ground-breaking discoveries and solutions. Therefore, increasing gender diversity in STEM will not only provide more opportunities for women to pursue their interests, but it can foster a culture of innovation that will benefit society. From healthcare advancements to environmental sustainability initiatives, women are vital in driving progress and shaping the future of technology and science.


Encouraging women and girls to study STEM is not just about achieving gender equality; it’s about harnessing the full potential of our collective talent pool to tackle the challenges of tomorrow. By breaking stereotypes, creating opportunities, driving innovation, and closing the gender gap, we can build a more inclusive and prosperous future for all. Let’s work together to empower women in STEM and create a world where everyone can thrive and succeed!

At LMRE, we have consciously worked to create a diverse team and culture, supported by active policies and integrated practices. For our clients, we perform diversity-specific searches and help guide them on the best practices for adding diversity to their firms. We also have partnered with various organisations that are leading the way in implementing DEI initiatives at the forefront of their business. Learn more about these partnerships here:


Here are some resources offering insight, perspectives, and advocating for equality within STEM:

Women in STEM:

Stem Women:


Women in Construction Tech:

25V Diversity Fund:

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