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.

It is amazing how a human being can build something that can float around the space. I am one of the people who can operate those satellites.

Helen Haile, Spacecraft Operator, Astrocast

I'm a Mum of 4 in full-time job. I have really enjoyed being a mama and working in the engineering industry. This has made me feel very satisfied and rewarded. Especially juggling motherhood and still staying focused in my career.

Mavis Amadi, Project Control Engineer, Babcock International Group

Winning a WISE Award gave me exposure to an amazing network of women in STEM. It also gave me the courage to become a diversity champion, both at university and now in the workplace.

TEMO DANSO, Product Owner at Jaguar Land Rover, Range Rover Evoque WISE Scholarships Winner 2015

I feel so strongly about getting more women into STEM careers; they provide you with so much opportunity to do mentally stimulating and interesting work each day.

Devon Edwards-Joseph, Data Science Engineer, Lloyds Banking Group

I'm a Concrete Engineer with a strong interest in sustainable construction materials. I ensure that the materials used in construction projects achieve sustainable development goals and are suitable for construction projects across various sectors!

Mimi-Isabella Nwosu, Assistant Materials Engineer, Sir Robert McAlpine


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Who inspired you to become #1ofTheMillion? Take part in our next #1ofTheMillion day on Wednesday 4th November

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Our Next #1ofTheMillion Day Wednesday 4th November

Who inspired you to become #1ofTheMillion? Join us on the 4th November as we celebrate the role models, mentors and allies – of any gender - who are encouraging more women to pursue STEM. Tag your inspirations, post memorable photos and shine a spotlight on those who are making a difference.

This will also be a day to encourage more women in STEM to upload their photo to our campaign collage. Snap a selfie with our campaign placard, tell us why you're passionate about STEM and inspire more girls and women to become #1ofTheMillion.


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.

Find out more about the WISE 1 of The Million campaign!

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