Dr Anne-Marie Imafi­don

CO-FOUNDER OF STEMettes, EN­COUR­AG­ING WOMEN INTO CA­REERS IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, EN­GI­NEER­ING AND MATHS

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Aged 11, Anne-Marie Imafi­don was the youngest girl ever to pass A-Level Com­put­ing. ‘My dad took me to McDon­ald’s and I didn’t have to wash up for a week. I thought, “This is cool; I should pass more ex­ams,”’ she laughs. Af­ter re­ceiv­ing her mas­ter’s from Ox­ford Univer­sity (aged 2O), she worked for Deutsche Bank. ‘I was one of the only women on my course and on my team. I de­cided to do some­thing about it.’

That some­thing was STEMettes, the award­win­ning so­cial en­ter­prise launched in 2O13 to in­spire young women aged 5 to 21 to build apps and have fun. Five years and more than 4O,OOO girls later, there’s a book and app in the works. ‘The best thing has been girls re­al­is­ing that science and technology is some­thing women do,’ says Imafi­don. Her aim is to reach 2 mil­lion girls and in­crease the UK’s fe­male STEM work­force. ‘It’s im­por­tant that we have women build­ing technology. It’s ev­ery­where and we all need to use it,’ she says, cit­ing the Fit­Bit tracker that al­lows pe­ri­ods to be logged for only ten days as an ex­am­ple. ‘If they’d spo­ken to women, they’d know pe­ri­ods last as long as they damn well want to.’

“We need to talk about in­cred­i­ble

women do­ing cool things”

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