In a recent article for Forbes, author Bianca Barratt examines how gender parity in the workplace could increase the global GDP.
As it stands, only 24% of UK STEM roles are held by women and the country has the lowest percentage of female engineers in Europe – something that none governmental organisations such as WISE and the government’s Industrial Strategy are working to tackle.
This push goes beyond the need for simple gender parity. It is not just a case of making the STEM workforce fair – we need more women in STEM roles to make scientific innovations useful and, more importantly, safe . After all, how relevant can innovations really be if they do not even take into consideration the needs of half the population?
HuffPost used the example of the seat belt to exemplify this point. When it was first invented, it was modelled solely on the physical attributes of men so when it was first introduced as a safety measure in cars, several women and children died because their physicality had not been considered.
Without more women being present when these decisions are made (and a diverse range of women at that) STEM innovations, progressions and discoveries can only go so far.