Education

Rejoice! A-Level results show young women in STEM are soaring

By Oliver Smith 17 August 2017
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Summary

Record numbers of young women are studying science, technology, engineering and maths.

The disparity between men and women in the tech sector can be traced all the way back to the classroom, but now that gap is closing.

Britain’s A-Level results are out today, and not only have all entries across science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) increased, but the number of young women studying these subjects has leapt forwards.

This year there are even more women studying chemistry than men, for the first time since 2004.

“Increasing the number of girls studying STEM subjects has been an important objective of the Government,” said Schools Minister Nick Gibb.

“It is particularly pleasing to see that more young women are taking STEM subjects.”

A delightful diverse future

While exact numbers of the overall increase are not yet known, this a brilliant first step in improving diversity in technology.

More and more young women are now being inspired by role models like Sheryl Sandberg and Martha Lane-Fox to choose STEM subjects, leading them into the industry to one day become role models themselves.

It’s the beginning of a fantastic trend, which we can’t wait to follow.

Record results

Overall today’s results show the first rise in top A and A* grades for six years, and for the first time in seven years boys outperformed girls in achieving these top grades.

Maths remains the most popular of the STEM subjects, and indeed the most popular subject overall, with maths and further maths having almost 25% more entries than in 2010.

“Increasing entries to science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects bodes well for the economic prosperity of our country,” said Gibb.

Finally, some good news for the economy.