Secondary school and college students have been taking part in a celebration of women working in STEM by writing about why a female engineer/innovator/scientist – past and present- inspires them. Talent 2030 wanted entrants to bring to light the brilliant work and successes these women have achieved.

We were overwhelmed with entries and it was fantastic to see how many young people wanted to express their admiration for these remarkable women. We received blogs about astronomers, inventors, mathematicians, engineers, computer scientists, school teachers and more! We announced the winners on Twitter, who have received a Talent 2030 goodie bag and their blogs are published on the Talent 2030 website.

“What really shone through in the entries is how many of our writers feel inspired by the perseverance and ambition demonstrated by these women to change the world; women who did not give up in the face of adversity. They had to face challenges of sexism, racism, discrimination in work and education, disparagement, lack of credit for their work and more. But their determination and focus has earned them success, seen them become pioneers and visionaries in the world of science and granted them the recognition that they deserve.”
Shakira Malkani, Talent 2030 Project Leader.

Want to learn about aeronautical engineer and motor racer Beatrice Schilling, stem cell researcher Dr Ann Tsukamoto, aerospace engineers and mathematicians Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan, chemist Dorothy Hodgkin and inventor of the windscreen wiper Mary Anderson? Then click here to read the winning blogs, as well as see the full list of the women in STEM our entrants wrote about.

This is part of Talent 2030’s wider campaign to engage more girls and young women with engineering and technology, and to encourage them to pursue careers in the STEM industries. This year’s Talent 2030 dashboard highlights that currently only 10.6% of professional engineers in the UK are women, and therefore the necessity for role models working in these industries to inspire the next generation is important.

The Talent 2030 National Engineering Competition for Girls closes at 6pm on the 15th December. We have already received wonderful, interesting entries and are very excited to see what else will be entered. Entrants are in with a chance of winning £1000, an engineering mentor, the opportunity to exhibit their entry at the Big Bang Fair in Birmingham next year and more.

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