Accolite Supporting Women in STEM

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The modern-day workforce faces a difficult truth when peering into the statistics of STEM. Despite longstanding actions to create equality across industries, positions in STEM have remained in the rubble when it comes to employing women. Although 52% of the college-educated workforce is female, only 29% hold positions in STEM, with the fewest being in tech roles.

Furthermore, the vast majority of these women are white, comprising 23.3% of the 38.9% of undergraduate degrees in STEM received by women (Singh, 2020).

But where does this inequality stem from?

The lack of female representation is a well-known fact, and we can trace it back to a multitude of factors present in primary school education and onward. It is clear that girls in school are overall harder on themselves, giving worse results on self-assessments compared to boys. As if this wasn’t enough, teachers also grade female students to a higher standard than male students, substantiating the pressure put on girls to produce higher results for the same outcomes (Cimplan et al., 2016). In general, girls are twice as likely to develop and struggle with anxiety (Jalnapurkar et al., n.d., #). This seems to align with the higher workloads and expectations of them from a young age. Some information shows that up to three-quarters of female students show interest in STEM during middle school, but interest severely dwindles as they progress to high school. Sources suggest that both the learning environment and social pressures deter interest in STEM subjects (Grace, n.d.).

 

What can we do?

 

An active issue corroborating the STEM Gap is a lack of role models to present the brilliant women in the industries. 

 

Accolite Digital is currently making moves to shift this, actively aiming to empower female applicants in their technocentric roles. Their current initiative, backed by Generation Success, is offering nearly 20 full-time positions via their Graduate Programme in Software Development. 

 

We invite young female candidates, who have graduated or are to graduate between 2020 and 2022, to register for this programme and kick off their STEM career working for Fortune 100 clients. Bridge the gap, and fight for the representation of women in the tech industry by example.

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