We are looking to identify young women aged 25 and under on the date of the Awards, 15 November 2018, who are working to change the image of girls and women working in STEM. This Award is designed to identify and share stories of girls and young women who are passionate about STEM and good at what they do – not just when studying or at work but throughout day-to-day lives too. This is our most popular category and we expect fierce competition. You need to tell us why your nomination stands out.
Operations Supervisor, Shell
When I asked a group of 40 girls if they’d ever thought of being a makeup artist, 20 of them raised their hands. When asked if they knew where lipstick comes from, 2 raised their hands. By showing young girls the connection between the products they use every day and STEM, it will encourage them to explore new areas.
Jessica Poole Mather
Engineering Graduate Trainee, Rolls-Royce PLC
I have learned that not compromising your own beliefs and integrity to accommodate others’ actions is important. Too often, women are put in positions where they are expected to sacrifice their careers to fulfil societal expectations, and I have certainly faced criticism which I feel would not have been given if I were male.
Mechanical Engineering Student, Sheffield Hallam University
Girls need to be able to picture themselves in STEM, with people that they can relate to as role models. This means extending the spotlight to young women who have recently finished school and are now enjoying their role or studies in STEM. It’s important that mid-career women are highlighted too, but young people need to see how they can get there to be convinced.