For the first time ever, there are more than 1 million women working in core STEM roles across the UK. Join us as we celebrate this significant milestone and inspire more women to become


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By putting your face to the million, you will help us build an interactive photo collage that celebrates the brilliant contributions women like you are making – through science, technology, engineering and maths – to create real and lasting change in the UK today.

We encourage all women working in STEM to upload your photo and story. Learn more about some of the inspiring women who are making a difference in their fields by hovering on the images opposite.

As an engineer at Network Rail, I am proud to have worked in the rail industry for over 30 years...AND PROUD TO BE #1ofTheMillion!

Alison Thompson, Head of Asset Management, Buildings & Structures, Network Rail

Like many aspects of engineering, transport has completely changed as a result of the pandemic. At WSP we are working to support projects through the pandemic & predicting how our building, roads, and transport networks need to change for the future. I'm proud to Be #1ofTheMillion women in STEM in the UK because we get to see the impacts of our work across the UK and get to really help people in their everyday lives.

Stephanie Barton, Intelligent Transport Consultant, WSP

I'm #1of TheMillion in #STEM! I'm a Chartered Mechanical Engineer. I work for Transport for London and am responsible for renewing the track and drainage infrastructure on the London Underground network. I'm also a Women Engineering Society Council Member as well as recently becoming a Council Member for the Institution of Mechanical Engineering.

Chrisma Jain, Senior Project Manager, Transport for London

Work on Autonomous Vehicles and Intelligent transport systems. Interest in Machine Learning and Blockchain. Avid reader, keen volunteer. Aspire a career in higher education and inspire the next generation into STEM subjects.

Amina Hamoud, Research Engineer, Claytex

Since graduating in mathematics in 2013, I have been with Atkins for 7 years and now I'm a Senior Analyst, working on asset management projects for strategic transport clients and in some cases contributing to policy change like the increase in speed limits to 60mph in roadworks where it is safe to do so. At this point in my career, I am a member of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, working towards a Chartered Mathematics status. Im also on the Institute of Asset Management (IAM) NxtGen committee, and on the Asset Managament Technical Committee for PIARC - World Roads Association.

Zahraa Kadri, Senior Analyst/Programmer, Atkins


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#1ofTheMillion Day

This will be a day to share your photo so that we can put a face to the million. Snap a selfie with our #1ofTheMillion sign, tell us why you are passionate about STEM and upload your image to the WISE Twitter account. Challenge your friends, colleagues and role models to do the same by tagging them in your post and don’t forget to use #1ofTheMillion.

If you are not a woman in STEM, you can still take part! Post a picture with our Proud to Support #1ofTheMillion sign and tell us why you and/or your company support gender balance in STEM.


In celebration of the 1 million, we will be highlighting the impact made by our past WISE Award Winners.

With the help of our partners, we will select 20 previous WISE Award winners to be featured in our WISE 20 Showcase. Highlighting the individuals and organisations whose stories have the most potential to inspire others to follow in their footsteps, the showcase will be unveiled at an exclusive event prior to being posted here.

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We also celebrate by looking back over our WISE Award Winners of the past 20 years, to see what they achieved and how their story developed since winning their award

Susan Harris

Lead Science Technician at Benenden School

Girls would say “I don’t want to be a doctor, so why should I study science?”

Susan’s Story

2019 Winner of the WISE Technician Award

From a very early age, I wanted to know how everything worked and why, so Science was my career choice. After several years in industrial laboratories, from organic chemistry to microbiology, I joined Benenden school in 2006, allowing me to share my passion for STEM with a new generation of enquiring minds. However, I was astounded at the number of images of male scientists there were in school textbooks and how often, if there were pictures of women they would be represented helping the males.

This was reflected by girls feeling that STEM subjects were only for the brightest students, or they would say “I don’t want to be a doctor, so why should I study science” Physics, Chemistry, Technology and engineering, were thought to be uncool, or only for boys. It became my mission to change these perceptions, I wanted to show the girls I worked with that they could achieve great things in any field they wanted and women could be the leaders too.

Over the last 5 years, I have initiated and run a plethora of research programmes for students at Benenden, working with universities and the broader industry, students are now involved in STEM based projects from as early as year 9 (aged 13). The events I have organised engage female students from both Benenden and schools across Kent, providing them with the opportunity to meet successful female role models from a diverse range of STEM field in addition to providing a monthly woman in science lecture programme and several STEM-based clubs.

Since 2006, Benenden has seen an increase from 8% of students applying to study STEM subjects at university to now being over 30% with many past students securing fantastic roles in the STEM workplace, who are in-turn being approached to be mentors and role models within our programme.

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