John Penrose has given his support to Skirting Science, an award winning event that aims to inspire the next generation of female scientists. This year, it was at Churchill School, and brought together girls and science professionals – from various research, industrial and educational establishments – in engaging workshops that showcased the opportunities a career in Science has to offer.
John said: “I was reading a statistic recently that suggested only around 1 in 5 people working in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) jobs are women. Now, I’ve never visited a school and seen a Science class where just 1 in 5 of the students are girls. So, clearly, something’s very wrong here. You’ve got clever students enjoying a subject and yet not taking it up as a career or even pursuing it (to the same extent as boys) to College Level or Degree Level… why?
I think Skirting Science has correctly identified that there’s a misconception about who a scientist is and what they do. They’re doing amazing work to try and break the stereotypes, and inspire an entire generation of female scientists.
This is hugely important, because anyone who has a passion and talent for something should feel able to pursue it.”