Boys aged 11-16 are five times more likely than girls to want to be engineers, according to findings by EDF Energy
While many girls love science and maths at school, a large proportion are not taking their passion and aptitude for these subjects beyond school and don’t see its relevance to their careers.
Key findings of the research also include:
- There is a lack of visible female role models in STEM careers, as less than one in ten girls (9%) have a female relative, friend or family friend that works in a science and engineering-based job
- A third of girls do not believe that they are clever enough to become a scientist
- One in seven girls (13%) believes that companies that employ scientists would prefer males
This research has been launched to coincide with EDF Energy’s #PrettyCurious campaign, which aims to introduce teenage girls to role models they can identify with.
These role models include Liz Bonnin, Florence Adepoju, Jenny Griffiths and EDF Energy’s own employees who will be creating exciting content to demonstrate their rewarding careers in science, technology, engineering and maths.
You can take a look at a new video introducing the role models and the campaign here: https://youtu.be/STbkxuEj3_s