Diversity & Inclusion Friday news round-up: Dec 7, 2018

Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion Friday News Round Up – Special Edition “Best of Girls/Women in STEM”. We just welcomed a new member to our family, so for the next few weeks (until January) I won`t be sharing any new content, but have prepared a few “Best of” special editions for you. Happy Friday!

Diversity & Inclusion Round Up
Caroline Berns

Head of Talent Acquisition, MMEA

Women in STEM

In order to get more girls interested in STEM, it has to be accessible and fun – and they need role models. Here is a list of some great YouTube channels that are worth watching. Physics Girl is one of my personal favourites, I have been following her for a few years now and learned a lot.

Girls in STEM

Microsoft’s second video for their “Make What’s Next” campaign encourages girls to study (and stay in) STEM, since “only 6.7% of women graduate with STEM degrees”.

Girls in STEM

Great video! Refilwe Ledwaba is the founder of the “Girls Fly Programme in Africa”, an education programme creating awareness for careers in the aviation industry and other STEM related careers. Refilwe herself started in the industry over 10 years ago and was the first black woman in South Africa to fly a helicopter.

Women in STEM

Over 40 years ago, thousands of children in the US were asked to draw scientists and when researchers analysed the paintings, they found that less than 1% of the children drew a female scientist. The study has been repeated several times since then and the good news is that gender stereotypes are changing! The latest study showed that since the 1980s almost 30% of the drawings depicted female scientists.

Women in STEM

According to an experiment conducted by researchers from MIT and London Business School, men see STEM job adverts 20% more often than women. This is not because companies target more men, it simply has to do with the algorithms that are being used to show those adverts, as they focus on cost-effectiveness. Women have higher purchasing power and are therefore more expensive to reach.


ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTOR
Caroline Berns
Caroline Berns is the Head of Talent Acquisition for Ericsson Middle East & Africa. Born in Germany, she lived in the US and various countries in Europe until 2012, when she moved to South Africa.
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