We must challenge stereotypes so girls aim high in science – Girlguiding Scotland

Scotland’s top guider is today (Friday 13 March 2015) calling for girls to challenge stereotypes around careers in science and aim for the top, ahead of Science and Engineering Week (13 – 22 March 2015).

In 2011, Girlguiding research revealed that 60 per cent of girls are put off a career in engineering because of a lack of female role models and 42 per cent feel they lack of knowledge about careers in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.

Girlguiding Scotland wants to challenge the stereotype that these careers are just for men and inspire girls and young women to see themselves as future scientists and engineers.

Sue Walker, a chemical engineer and Girlguiding Scotland’s Chief Commissioner, says: “At Girlguiding Scotland we help girls raise their aspirations and realise that they can do anything they set their mind to.

“Careers in science, engineering and technology are challenging and demanding and are perfectly suited to bright and capable men and women alike.

“If you do your best you’ll be amazed at the fascinating career opportunities out there – from marine biology to pushing the boundaries of medicine.”

Sue, who is also a mum of three and ultra-runner, added: “I’ve worked as a chemical engineer for three decades and still find fresh challenges and inspiration. I’m never bored at work!

Girlguiding Scotland offers thousands of girls and young women across Scotland the chance to try new things, grow in confidence and make new friends. Girls can extend their knowledge and skills by working towards badges and challenges including Science Investigator and Weather challenges.

ENDS

Notes to editors:

National Science and Engineering week runs from 13 – 22 March 2015. For more information please see: http://www.britishscienceassociation.org/british-science-week.

For more information about Girlguiding’s research please see: http://girlsattitudes.girlguiding.org.uk/home.aspx.

As Scottish Chief Commissioner, Sue Walker is Girlguiding Scotland’s lead volunteer – supporting our network of 60,000 members.

Girlguiding Scotland is Scotland’s leading charity for girls and young women with more than 60,000 members. We are part of a worldwide movement which enables girls and young women to fulfil their potential and take an active and responsible role in society. Girlguiding opens up a world of exciting opportunities for girls and young women across Scotland. Girls can take part in a wide range of activities from adventure sports to camps, international trips, science projects and community action. Find out more @GirlguidingScot, www.facebook.com/GirlguidingScot or www.girlguidingscotland.org.uk.