This Sunday is International Women’s Day and the theme this year is #EachforEqual, with a mission to celebrate women’s achievement and to combat gender bias. To mark IWD, FSB have decided to do something a little different, we will be launching a campaign, She Means STEM, to celebrate inspirational women who own their own businesses in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).
Figures from WISE (Women in STEM workforce) show that around 900,000 women currently work in STEM. This makes up just 23% of the entire STEM workforce. These numbers are even lower when you consider the number of women starting their own business in a STEM-related profession.
Although FSB’s research shows that there are more women than ever starting their own small business, many of these businesses are in low growth sectors such as care and not sectors like manufacturing where the average gross value added (GVA) is higher.
Follow FSB on social media to hear the stories of the women who have taken the step to go it alone and start their own business in STEM in including “accidental mathematician” Sophie Carr, whose love of who lego and aeroplanes led her to study aeronautical engineering and Lisa Marie Brown who works in construction and runs Pinkspiration, which aims to transform communities and inspire young people. And visit isit FSB’s Women in Enterprise hub to read about out the contribution women owned and women led businesses make to our economy.