Anne-Marie Imafidon

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Co-founder of Stemettes and ‘Head Stemette’ credit Stemettes

 

It’s Black History Month!

Time to celebrate the amazing women who’ve achieved in their field.

Anne-Marie Imafidon   ‘Head Stemette

One of the youngest to be awarded a Masters’ degree in Mathematics & Computer Science by Oxford University, aged 20. She is CEO, & Co-founder of Stemettes – an award-winning social enterprise inspiring more than 14,000 girls & young women into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

The shortage of female talent in tech

“The challenge is in the environment. It’s true for us in STEM and also women in general. Equal pay is one step towards a more balanced workplace. HR departments need to have a better understanding of why people leave and find ways to address that to improve their culture and nurture talents. Things like parental pay, time off, sabbaticals, the language used at work and in job descriptions, to promote people, to give them responsibilities. All of these can be biased and become reasons why people leave the industry.
If we go back 30 years, 25% of people in the UK’s tech industry were women. Now we only make up 17%. Why have people left? What in the culture has made them not want to come back? “

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It’s Black History Month!

It’s Black History Month!

Time to celebrate the amazing women who’ve achieved in their field. But first a quick look at NASA celebrating the “Hidden Women” .  The Afro-American women who worked as Mathematicians for NASA. You can read about just 15 here.

Kathleen Johnson

She also verified the calculations made by an electronic computer for John Glenn’s orbit – at Glenn’s request – and for Apollo 11’s trajectory to the moon.

In fact, so great was the trust in her that when electronic computers began to emerge, the physicists and astronauts frequently would ask Johnson to double-check the computer’s figures — just to be sure.

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The Royal Society Science Prize

The Royal Society Science Prize

 

Cordelia Fine wins the Royal Society Science Prize

Winner of the Royal Society Science Prize 2017   Courtesy of RS.

“Suppose a researcher were to ask you

what are males and females like?

Would you stare at the researcher blankly and exclaim, “But what can you mean? Every person is a unique, multifaceted, sometimes even contradictory individual, and with such an astonishing range of personality within each sex, and across contests, social class, age, experience, educational level, sexuality and ethnicity, it would be pointless and meaningless to attempt to pigeonhole such rich complexity and variability into two crude stereotypes?”
Delusions of Gender by Cordelia Fine

Cordelia Fine’s previous book, The Gender Delusion told it like it is, but her latest Testosterone Rex, has won the prestigious Royal Society Science Prize a great achievement and victory for woman sense.  Photograph courtesy of the Royal Society.

Women are in the news quite literally this week, as Women in Journalism (WIJ) gathered at LSE with a token male editor, who more than held his own. They were there to discuss the representation of women in media, especially newspapers. Women as writers of articles but also as the subject or articles, other than celebrities and royals. with news appearing in online newspapers and also social media, it was a wide ranging discussion. Continue reading

Steve the refugee from Germany

Dame Stephanie Shirley came to England as a refugee

Founder of the first all women Tech company.

Stephanie Shirley (later known as Steve) set up an all woman software company back in 1962 and became a billionaire philanthropist, who has never forgotten that she owed her life to the kinder transport, and the generosity of the country, which took her in. She told Sue McGregor who interviewed her, “Having had my life saved, I thought it was important not to fritter it away.” Continue reading

Professor, Lady Margaret Hodge MP. MBE.

Life is not a short sprint but a long journey

Google was fun

What makes women different.     I think the way in which we work is really different  from men.  Cooperative, inclusive.   Less about your own ego,  more about the the collaboration needed.   Women are much better at juggling a whole lot of things, at the same time, which comes comes from juggling home and work.   Continue reading

Australian Minister for Women

Anne Summers on australian stamp

Australian Post celebrated famous feminist

Australian Minister for Women

Anne Summers

One of the original Australian feminists, journalist, writer, and former Minister for the Office for Women, Anne Summers set up one of the first refuges for women fleeing domestic violence, and she has stayed true to her mission.   Making women visible, aiming for equality.   Currently speaking  at the Sydney Writers’ Festival.     Recently, she interviewed Julia Gillard both at the Sydney Opera House and the Melbourne town hall. Both venues were booked out.   In London for only two days, ionthecity interviewed her, over lunch in March.  Contemporary in age to the Lord Mayor, she has an overview of the gains and losses of women’s’ rights globally.

 I’m now more interested in principles: economic activity, education, right to equal pay,right to control your body, violence against women.    These are things that go across borders.

Interview with Anne Summers

As a child I  didn’t have any role models at a Catholic school, we were to grow up and be good Catholic mothers or nuns.   There was no idea that women would do anything except get married or be a nun.    Continue reading

The Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities Kate Green

The Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities

Kate Green

She is currently Shadow Spokesperson for Disabled People.

The key thing about human rights is protecting and respecting the people whose views you fundamentally disagree with and don’t like, in return they do the same for you. “I will defend your right to say it.”  I think that’s a good starting point.

Kate Green MP on wikipedia

formerly for women and equality

I suppose what first got me really politically angry, and aware, was being a young woman at the start of 1980; the height of Thatcher’s destruction.    Ultimately of the economic and social infrastructure.

I was shocked, but also fearful, as one of that young generation who seriously thought we might never work.  I seriously thought she might take us into a nuclear war.  All around us were young people sleeping on the streets, industries collapsing.  It was a scary time to be young!!!!

That really politicized me. All the more so because I had grown up, and been educated, in Scotland.  At the beginning of my twenties I did get work and moved to London. I was not only shocked by the poverty and sheer volume of young people on the street in London (it was the first place I had ever seen young people on the streets), but also shocked by the wealth.  Edinburgh is a rich city, but the contrast between wealth and poverty really came home to me when I moved to London.  That got me politically angry and politically aware.

It took me quite a long time before I became active in the Labour Party, probably another ten years or so.  I suppose I got to the point where I thought, “You can’t just sit around and be unhappy, you have to be engaged.” It was the beginning of the 1990’s; a purposeful time to get involved in Labour.  We were really beginning to think about a new policy agenda, think about the way we presented ourselves to the Country. It was a lot to get into. I found that very, very stimulating.

Kate Green in interview

Kate remembering a teacher

 

 

 

It was somebody else who suggested I get involved (it would never have occurred to me); a woman who subsequently became my agent and very good friend.  She had been a candidate herself in 1979, so she knew what was involved. Interestingly, she was a teacher; I think she was used to developing people, spotting their potential, bringing it on, and she saw that I could do it.  Without her I don’t think I would have even contemplated it.

I stood in 1997 and lost. Continue reading