Here at WISP, we think that women in STEM roles should be celebrated, championed and rewarded just as much as their male colleagues, but statistically that is not the case – for many reasons, female scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians are usually much less well-known than their male counterparts (unless your Marie Curie!). 400 Women is a project that is designed to change that in our local area, so that Plymouth leads the word in having an online repository of local female role models.
400 Women is a collaboration between WISP, Mayflower 400, National Marine Aquarium and other local sponsors (watch this space!), and aims to celebrate the life and work of 400 women working in science, technology, engineering and maths in and around Plymouth, and in doing so to inspire the next generation to follow in their footsteps.
The project will be centred around online profiles of 400 women who work in science, technology, engineering and maths related roles in or around Plymouth or who have a strong connection to Plymouth (e.g. they live here and work elsewhere). It will also include outreach projects with local schools, to connect with young people and their teachers and show them our 400 women in creative, interesting ways.
By showing real people – with real lives, challenges, and experiences outside of STEM – we hope that WISP and Mayflower 400 can break down highly gendered stereotypes around what a STEM career is, illustrate the links between STEM and the Arts (STEAM), and dismantle perceived barriers, therefore moving towards a more inclusive and tolerant society.
If you are a woman in STEM, we’d love you to sign up to share your personal experience of the STEM-life! It doesn’t matter what stage in your career you’re at, or how successful you are – in fact, we want as diverse a mix as possible.
If you are a supporter of women in STEM or would like to find out more about the project or a career in STEM, please visit the 400 Women website.