GIRLS AND STEMM
LIZZIE DALY Biologist and wildlife presenter
Science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (or STEMM for short) are still predominantly male orientated career paths, with women only representing 30% of the worldwide research and development workforce. This month, on February 11, the UN celebrates its annual International Women and Girls in Science Day to help inspire young women to take up STEMM subjects. We spoke to biologist and wildlife presenter Lizzie Daly and asked what the past, present and future of women in STEMM looks like to her. Past: I loved biology and physics, but I felt that I learnt a lot about STEMM out of school too. I was very lucky to be encouraged to conduct my own scientific research.
Present: I have finished my masters, and I am now pursuing a PhD on human-elephant conflict in Kenya and have just returned from three months in the field. As a wildlife presenter every day is different. Sometimes I’m talking about the millions of specimens in the Natural History Museum, while others are spent knee deep in the river Shannon holding a lamprey!
Future: I think we need to celebrate more female role models in STEMM, and also I think there needs to be a change in its perception. Girls still see STEMM as boring, but there is so much innovation involved.