Women in STEM

Promoting gender equality in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics


Women make up half of the total U.S. college-educated workforce, but only 29% of the science and engineering workforce.


For every dollar a man earns, a woman only earns 86 cents in the United States. 


In 2014, for every ten scientists in Singapore, only three were females. The participation rate of women in STEM climbed from 23.6% in 2004 to 29%. 


71% of Multi National Companies have a board of directors consisting of less than 20% women. 


May 12, 2018

Unlike type 2 diabetes, type 1 is not linked to diet, as it has a both genetic and environmental origin. While the triggering virus has been around for thousands of years, the disease only started creeping up in the first half of the 1900s, and dramatically ros in the 1950s. One reason for this historical increase in the incidence of Type 1 diabetes could be linked to improved sanitation in our developed world.

This is known as Strachan’s idea, or more commonly as the hygiene hypothesis. In 1989, he was the first one to link the rising rates of allergic illnesses in the UK with improvements in living standards since the industrial revolution. He hypothesised that somehow...

April 21, 2018

“We wear no mark; we belong to every class; we permeate every class of the community from the highest to the lowest; and so you see in the woman’s civil war the dear men of my country are discovering it is absolutely impossible to deal with it: you cannot locate it, and you cannot stop it.”

It seems bizarre that more than a hundred years ago, Emmeline Pankhurst’s fierce words rang through the crowded streets of Hartford, Connecticut. Far from London’s soaring cathedrals and rain-engulfed streets, her voice seeped into the homes of revolutionaries, artists, and royals alike, with a single message; injustice will not be overlooked.

In the age of unfathomable technological d...

March 6, 2018

Most of us have probably heard of the term “EEG scan”. Got a persisting headache? Go for an EEG scan. Trying to confirm a diagnosis for seizures or epilepsy? An EEG scan is what you need.

But… what is this odd-sounding name, and how does it help us?

Put simply, here’s what an EEG (Electroencephalogram) does in a sentence: It measures electrical activity in your brain by placing electrodes on the human scalp.

Here is a small breakdown so you can better understand its function:

-    Your brain contains about 100 billion neurons.

-    These neurons send ‘messages’ to each other in the form of nerve impulses, which give off electricity.

-    This electrical activity can...

January 7, 2018

Q: In what ways can we help the under representation of women in STEM fields?

A: I think the good news is that this issue is getting a lot more attention than it has in the past. Role modelling and trying to embolden it through awareness. One of the areas I think that has a lot of opportunity, is to help people understand the importance of diversity of thinking, and having women involved in the innovative space; to drive innovation and change. The cognitive diversity that only women can bring into STEM, for instance, in engineering, helps to diminish some of the cognitive biases that prevent radical innovation from occurring. 

Q: In terms of misconceptions within the tech...

September 24, 2017

While quantum physics itself remains elusive to the vast majority of people, its practical applications are astounding in their gravity. Perhaps the most famous of such applications is that of the quantum computer, an invention which could have the capacity to revolutionise the world of technology. 

Now, while the idea has indeed captured the eyes of many in popular media, the actual physics behind such a system seem to be largely unknown. 

In this article, I shall explore the workings behind such a system.

Computers and their parts have been getting smaller and more efficient for years. From huge transistors the size of your palm, down to half the width of the e...

August 10, 2017

This essay digs deep into the Naïve Bayes Classifier and Bayes’ Theorem as a technique of big data mining. It introduces an innovative way of applying these formulae to create a predictive model of quickly determining correct drug prescriptions for large-scale epidemics. It further evaluates the accuracy of the method through a mock-simulation, and provides practical computational techniques allowing its execution on a grand scale. Finally, the essay looks at room for enhancement by potentially utilising other mathematical concepts for a greater range of results, adding relevant attributes in the big data collected, and envisioning its future prospects for sustainabili...

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""To all the little girls who are watching, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams.""

—  Hillary Clinton, 2016

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