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Women4Stem

Leadership through STEM

The Women4STEM Daring Circle aims to increase the representation, leadership and impact of women with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills at all stages of the pipeline from school to boardroom, and to highlight the strong connection between STEM skills, access to jobs and potential for positive societal impact.  

Our world is experiencing rapid disruption The future is digital. Everyone in our societies, not just engineers and astronauts, but also musicians, lawyers and artists will need STEM skills to succeed. At the same time, the world urgently needs these skills to shape a more inclusive and sustainable future. From health applications to climate solutions and beyond, STEM skills save lives and deliver meaningful livelihoods

Yet today there are serious gender imbalances in STEM. At every stage of the path to STEM leadership, there are fewer girls and women. Internationally, women account for only 24% of employees in the technology sector, and if we consider positions of responsibility, their presence drops to 11%.[1], and only 9% of information technology company CEOs [2]. Existing initiatives to encourage girls and women to study STEM and embark on STEM careers are not delivering results at the pace and scale we all need. The pipeline is leaking female talent and with it, investment in pro-diversity STEM initiatives.

When STEM loses women, it also loses their differentiated talents and abilities which economies and organisations need to remain competitive in the digital economy transition. At the same time, women lose the opportunity to fully contribute to creating a better and more inclusive world. 

Across our research, action and communication, the Women4STEM Daring Circle aims to harness the potential for STEM skills to help close the gender gap, drive innovation and inspiration, and ultimately create the conditions for women in STEM to thrive across recruitment, retention and advancement to leadership.

 

The Daring Circle is led by AXA, Bayer, BNP Paribas, Microsoft, Publicis Groupe, P&G, Lenovo, L’Oréal and Syntec-Ingénierie. The Circle is supported by Knowledge Partner Boston Consulting Group, with Shearman & Sterling as Insight Partner, and Politecnico di Milano and HEC as Academic Partners.

Click here to watch Chiara Corazza’s participation to the session “Compétences numériques, inclusion et emploi” with the French startup Simplon.

As part of the STEMKEY initiative, the Daring Circle is inviting our network to join our new STEMSISTER community. Our conviction is that creating a human connection between girls and STEM women can help teens to unlock and be authors of their own futures. More than 200 STEM women have signed up so far. You can see the link to sign up here, and view the videos where they share their career stories and advice, in partnership with Inspiring Girls International, on their video hub.

[1] World Economic Forum (2016), The Industry Gender Gap : Women and Work in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

[2] Credit Suisse (2016), The Credit Suisse 3000: Women in Senior Management.

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WOMEN4STEM REPORT 2020

Discover the new Women4STEM Daring Circle report now.
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THE STEMKEY INITIATIVE

We are building a community of STEM Sisters, women committed to STEM advocacy, who create a human connection and inspire potential STEM girls to find their own path to invent tomorrow’s jobs. If you are a woman in STEM interested in joining the STEM Sisters community, sign up!
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STEM POWER: FOR THE WOMEN WHO LOVE SCIENCE

Since its launch 20 years ago, the “Women in Science” initiative co-founded by L’Oreal and UNESCO has celebrated women for their contribution and expertise in science.
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DR. ROSE M. MUTISO, CO-FOUNDER AND CEO OF THE MAWAZO INSTITUTE

Co-Founder and CEO of The Mawazo Institute, which supports the next generation of female scholars and thought leaders in East Africa, and promotes public engagement with research.
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WOMEN4STEM REPORT 2020

Discover the new Women4STEM Daring Circle report now.
Read more

THE STEMKEY INITIATIVE

We are building a community of STEM Sisters, women committed to STEM advocacy, who create a human connection and inspire potential STEM girls to find their own path to invent tomorrow’s jobs. If you are a woman in STEM interested in joining the STEM Sisters community, sign up!
Read more

STEM POWER: FOR THE WOMEN WHO LOVE SCIENCE

Since its launch 20 years ago, the “Women in Science” initiative co-founded by L’Oreal and UNESCO has celebrated women for their contribution and expertise in science.
Read more

DR. ROSE M. MUTISO, CO-FOUNDER AND CEO OF THE MAWAZO INSTITUTE

Co-Founder and CEO of The Mawazo Institute, which supports the next generation of female scholars and thought leaders in East Africa, and promotes public engagement with research.
Read more

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WOMEN4STEM REPORT 2020

Discover the new Women4STEM Daring Circle report now.
Read more

THE STEMKEY INITIATIVE

We are building a community of STEM Sisters, women committed to STEM advocacy, who create a human connection and inspire potential STEM girls to find their own path to invent tomorrow’s jobs. If you are a woman in STEM interested in joining the STEM Sisters community, sign up!
Read more

STEM POWER: FOR THE WOMEN WHO LOVE SCIENCE

Since its launch 20 years ago, the “Women in Science” initiative co-founded by L’Oreal and UNESCO has celebrated women for their contribution and expertise in science.
Read more

DR. ROSE M. MUTISO, CO-FOUNDER AND CEO OF THE MAWAZO INSTITUTE

Co-Founder and CEO of The Mawazo Institute, which supports the next generation of female scholars and thought leaders in East Africa, and promotes public engagement with research.
Read more

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