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Can't code, won't code - cracking the secret of gender imbalance in STEM

Published on 29 July 2016

Even though so many gender barriers are tumbling – at elite universities, where women now outnumber men, or running for presidency in the US, where polls show that fewer people think gender makes a difference – some areas still appear to be lagging behind, as is the case with digital coding.

Boys get more pocket money than girls, Halifax survey finds

Published on 8 July 2016

Survey finds that pocket money pay at nine-year high, but gender pay gap among children is growing with boys 12% better off than girls compared to 2% in 2015.

UK Government calls for action after number of female appointments on boards falls to five-year low

Published on 8 July 2016

Ministers are calling on FTSE 350 businesses to ensure a third of boardrooms seats are filled with women by 2020.

Gender pay gap: women earn £300,000 less than men over working life

Published on 7 March 2016

Analysis finds gap of £5,732 or 24% in average annual salaries in UK, prompting calls for more to be done to tackle problem.

'Girls in tech' competition won by boy

Published on 26 February 2016

EDF Energy has been criticised after a 13-year-old-boy won a competition that was part of a campaign to attract teenage girls to the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths.

Government demands gender equality in transport sector

Published on 29 January 2016

Thousands of road and rail apprenticeship announced, with targets to be written into supplier contracts to bring more women into technical roles

Ben Howlett leads debate on increasing diversity in STEM careers

Published on 25 January 2016

Ben Howlett, the MP for Bath, recently secured a debate in Parliament on increasing diversity in STEM, having worked in conjunction with the House of Commons to host a digital debate on Twitter using #WomenInSTEM.

Rise of the robots might hit women hardest, economists say

Published on 18 January 2016

Many futurists and economists predict automation, robots, and artificial intelligence will take human jobs. It might not happen, of course, but if it does women will lose more jobs than men, a report has claimed.

If we really want more women in tech, we need to bring them back

Published on 29 December 2015

Better parental leave, equal pay and targets for diversity are all important, but the tech industry should look to women returners to fill the gaps

MediaGuardian 100: women on the rise, but much still to do on diversity

Published on 30 November 2015

List of the media’s most influential people sees number of women increase by more than half, but finds the industry’s top jobs are still dominated by white men

Toys R Us ditches 'girls' and 'boys' categories online

Published on 22 November 2015

One of the world’s best-known toy retailers has stopped telling girls and boys what they should be playing with, in a victory for parents upset by gender-based marketing.

Physics gender gap will take more than a century to close

Published on 26 October 2015

It could be more than a century before the disparity between the numbers of boys and girls taking A-level physics is eliminated, a conference will hear this week.

Rail minister backs ‘Women in Construction’ shunting into Crossrail

Published on 23 October 2015

Rail Minister Claire Perry went deep under ground to meet a new generation of women construction engineers working on London’s massive Crossrail project.

Do the maths: is a competition just for girls a plus or a minus?

Published on 13 October 2015

For every nine boys in international mathematics competitions, there is just one girl. But critics say a female-only olympiad risks making the division worse

Male engineering student perfectly explains why women aren't equal to men

Published on 9 October 2015

A letter penned by mechanical engineering student Jared Mauldin has gone viral thanks to its impassioned description of the differences between men and women in the field

Google boss: 'Volkswagen scandal wouldn't have happened if more women were in charge'

Published on 8 October 2015

Google UK's managing director Eileen Naughton has said the Volkswagen emissions scandal could have been avoided had the company employed more female engineers

Martha Lane Fox condemns bias against women in tech sector

Published on 4 October 2015

Tech entrepreneur reflected on ‘unconscious’ biases against women and Britain’s future business role in the digital age

Workingmums.co.uk announces shortlist for its sixth Top Employer Awards

Published on 28 September 2015

Twenty nine of the most progressive employers and their representatives have been shortlisted for this year’s Workingmums.co.uk Top Employer Awards. Included in the list are WISE members Centrica plc.

Too many girls studying 'soft option' psychology

Published on 19 September 2015

Schools should encourage female students to focus on 'hard sciences' so they get top places at university, education leader says

Valentina Tereshkova: USSR was 'worried' about women in space

Published on 17 September 2015

The first woman in space has revealed that the Soviet authorities thought it was "too dangerous" to send more female cosmonauts into orbit.

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