This morning sees the launch of new research by Accenture, as part of the year-long Women Invent Tomorrow initiative at Silicon Republic. Minister Ciaran Cannon, TD, is launching ‘Powering Economic Growth: Attracting More Young Women Into Science and Technology’ in Dublin.
Why are so few women in jobs that utilise STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) skills and what challenges does this pose for Ireland? These are the issues the research aims to tackle. Accenture sought the views of 1,000 female secondary-school students, young women (age 18-23), secondary-school teachers and parents with daughters in post-primary education.
The goal was to understand what influences secondary school students' choices of subjects, and in particular STEM-related subjects. The reason: Secondary-school students' subject decisions affect their course choices at third level and ultimately their career opportunities.
It is the first time that such research has been carried out in Ireland. We'll be publishing an in-depth look at the research, plus video reports from the launch later today. In the meantime, some of the key findings appear in the infographic below:
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Women Invent Tomorrow is Silicon Republic's year-long campaign to champion the role of women in science, technology, engineering and maths