Lynne Frostick – Why do we need women scientists and engineers?

Event Date: 26 February 2015

Windsor Auditorium
Royal Holloway
University of London
Egham, Surrey
TW20 0EX

Royal Holloway University of London presents:

2015 Women in Science Lecture

Professor Lynne Frostick (Hull) – Why do we need women scientists and engineers?

In the century since Marie Curie did her pioneering work in physics many things have changed for women in the in tertiary education . Women can now go to any University and read any available subject, including the whole range of sciences and engineering. In some subjects which were the preserve of men throughout the 20th century, such as medicine, women now make up more than half the undergraduate population. Yet this has not meant that women are rising to fill more than half the senior positions in this area. In some subjects numbers of female undergraduates are still pitifully low-notably computer science and engineering. Across science and engineering there are still few women role models in senior positions, particularly in Universities and industry. So why are women not attracted to some subjects? Why do they not rise to the top of their professions? What can we do to change things? And indeed why does it matter?

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