Could more women leaders bring a fresh approach to world’s problems?
“You can’t be what you can’t see” is a phrase used to explain in part why women are underrepresented in the Stem disciplines (science, technology, engineers and maths). Without female role models women and girls are less likely to pursue a Stem career.
A study by Microsoft found that girls who know a woman in a Stem profession were 17 per cent more likely to feel empowered to engage in Stem activities than those who don’t know a woman in a Stem profession. Yet women have throughout history blazed trails into new disciplines, upsetting the apple cart and finding their way in previously all-male domains. Someone always has to be first.