Diversity: Women in STEM careers
30 September 2013
The House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee launched an inquiry into the loss of women from Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers in June 2013. Evidence relating to the 'leaky pipeline', a term often used to describe the continuous loss of women at consecutive career stages within STEM, was sought.
Our response was based upon evidence gathered from a number of reports, surveys and publications, together with contributions from several members of the Royal Society of Chemistry who are experts in diversity (including gender) issues, and those closely involved in the Athena SWAN application and assessment process. Diversity issues in science extend beyond gender and most of the recommendations in this report could be translated to support diversity more widely.