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Ada Lovelace Day: Encouraging the next generation of Ada Lovelaces!

Wednesday 2nd October 2019

It’s Ada Lovelace day! For those of you who might not be familiar with ALD, today is a celebration of the achievements of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) across the world! 

Ada Lovelace paved the way for many successful women in STEM today. 

An English mathematician and writer, Ada was most well-known for her work on Charles Babbages’ early mechanical general-purpose computer, the 'analytical engine', earning her the title of the 'first ever programmer'!

It’s a familiar narrative that the number of men outnumber the number of women working in STEM roles. However, recent stats suggest times are changing and more women are entering science, tech, engineering and maths related careers paths.

Momentum needs to continue in order to continue to inspire and motivate the next generation of Ada Lovelaces. We’ve broken down just some of the fantastic initiatives in place in the UK which are in place to do just that – encourage more young girls to break barriers to entry and pursue STEM careers. Check them out below…

Based in Leeds but operating UK wide, Wise is an initiative that ‘enables and energises people in businesses and education to increase participation, contribution and success of women in STEM industries.

Wise has a specific project ‘My Skills My Life’ which is a commitment to engage more girls to consider studies and careers in STEM fields. The aim is to have reach 200,000 girls in the next five years.

Wise invites young girls all over the UK to complete their online quiz to see how their skills match up to science, technology, engineering and maths careers and courses.

Wise allocates ambassadors for my skills my life who then deliver training and ensure the message is always quality controlled.

So far, My Skills My Life has been developed in consultation with over 1000 girls in over 25 schools across the UK.

Stemettes is an award-winning social enterprise working across the UK and beyond to inspire and support young women into STEM career paths.

The Stemette vision is to enable girls to make informed decisions about careers in STEM. So that eventually, women can be proportionally represented in the field. They drive this vision through organising events including mentoring events where girls can hear from role models in STEM industries as well as panel events and hackathons.

Leeds based Ahead Partnership started the #GirlTechLCR movement which gives key stage three students an opportunity to meet female role models in digital and tech to help break down the gender stereotypes in the region's fastest growing industry.

Their events/workshops allow students to hear from some of the region's most exciting tech employers (NHS Digital, Sky and more) and provide a worthwhile opportunity to female students to see the types of career paths open to them in this area.

Ahead Partnership says that the results of events like these have meant they have seen a 95% increase in the number of students that are considering a career in digital or tech after coming to an event. 98% of the students that took part said they felt more ready for the world of work and 100% of the students improved their understanding of the types of careers available!

Code First: Girls is a not for profit social enterprise with the sole mission to increase the number of women in tech careers. 

Since establishing in 2013, CF:G has delivered £6 million worth of free education to young women across the UK.

CF:G also supports individuals who identify as female or non-binary with free courses in order to address the fact that they are less represented in tech roles in the UK.

The types of courses on offer at CF:G include free community courses aimed at young women students, courses for female professionals which allow them to up-skill themselves with digital skills not offered to them at school as well as corporate education courses aimed at businesses to ensure their staff have a basic level of tech literacy.

Set up by Manchester Digital, Digital Her aims to inspire a new generation of women into tech industries.

Digital Her works to do this by introducing young girls to real role models from their network of experts who are then able to offer them mentoring. Digital Her also recognises the importance of ensuring that key influencers in young girls lives such as teachers, career advisors and parents are informed and able to advise girls interested in science and tech further education and careers.
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