Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Challenging Perceptions of a Career in Science; Maria Lawson of Accenture Talks about Their Latest STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Research and the Findings Which Support the Company's Drive to Inspire Young Girls into STEM

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Challenging Perceptions of a Career in Science; Maria Lawson of Accenture Talks about Their Latest STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Research and the Findings Which Support the Company's Drive to Inspire Young Girls into STEM

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IAM a senior manager at Accenture working in the Health & Public Service team to deliver operational efficiencies into our clients' organisations.

A lot of my focus is on the business impact and implementation of new IT solutions such as robotics process automation. I enjoy working with local clients and am excited to be able to bring the best of our global organisation to the region.

What are some of the most prominent reasons why so many young girls drop STEM subjects at school? We surveyed more than 8,500 people (young people aged 7-23, teachers & parents) across the UK.

The results showed a significant proportion of young girls drop STEM subjects as they pass through education because they are unclear about what careers they support, and the perception that these subjects are just for boys persists.

They subscribe to the stereotypical view of careers in STEM, 'working in a laboratory' (47%), and 'wearing a white coat' (33%), suggesting that in order to create a gender-diverse STEM workforce, more needs to be done to expand young girls' perceptions of science and technology subjects and careers beyond these traditional stereotypes.

As industry leaders and mentors, how can we help encourage girls into higher STEM education? As a mother to two young girls and a female in the STEM industry, I'm hugely passionate about encouraging girls into higher STEM education.

Some 82% of parents and 88% of teachers surveyed agree that there is unconscious gender stereotyping and bias when it comes to STEM subjects and careers. …

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