Science is full of unsung heroes, particularly, but not exclusively, women. For every Marie Curie, or Ada Lovelace, there are many more whose names will never be remembered.
While we may watch ‘Hidden Figures’ and think how different things are today, women are still under represented in jobs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
According to a 2015 survey carried out by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), only 9% of the engineering workforce is female. In the UK, less than 10% of engineering professionals are female – the lowest percentage in Europe. This is perhaps not so surprising, when you realise that the proportion of young women studying engineering and physics has remained virtually static since 2012.