On the UN’s International Day of Women and Girls in Science - SNP MSP Christina McKelvie is proudly promoting the SNP’s drive to improve gender equality in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
The Scottish Government’s STEM strategy aims to tackle stereotypes and ensure women and girls have equal access to both learn and work in STEM subjects. Launching the Teaching Makes People campaign this week the Cabinet Secretary for Education said that “addressing the gender imbalance is at the heart of all that we do in taking forward the next steps of the strategy.”
Between 2007 and 2016 the number of female entrants in STEM subjects at Scottish universities had increased by 26% in first degree courses and 47% in postgraduate courses.
SNP MSP Christina McKelvie said:
“I am really proud of the work our SNP Government has done and continues to do to promote gender equality in all aspects of life - including in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
“The Government’s STEM strategy raises awareness of gender bias with parents, families and teachers to encourage more girls to aspire to STEM studies and careers, and since 2007 there has been a 6% higher pass rate for girls in all STEM subjects.
“Equate Scotland received £50,000 to offer paid placements to women with the relevant qualifications in the STEM sector, filling known skills gaps in key economic sectors like engineering and science.
“I hope the incredible progress on closing the gender pay gap and helping more women to learn and work in the STEM sector continues – and I hope that the next generation of women grow up in a world where the glass ceiling has been firmly broken.”