Encouraging more girls to study STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – is a key educational cause across the world. But based on statistics, there’s still much work to be done.
According to the Pew Research Center, women make up 25% of computer jobs in the US and just 14% of engineering jobs. In the UK, just 11% of engineers are women, and the UK has the lowest percentage of female engineers in the whole of Europe.
But that’s why bright sparks like 16-year-old Dea Kurti are on the case. Kurti helps lead a programme that ships educational books about coding and STEM to girls far and wide, in an effort to spread a passion for STEM among young women and help bridge the gender gap in these industries.