Women in Mathematics Seminar 6

The Department of Mathematics held the sixth seminar in the ‘Women in Mathematics’ series on Wednesday 6th March 2019.

"Women in Mathematics" is an academic, professional and personal development seminar series presented by leading female mathematicians to offer support, encouragement and advice to female staff and students.  It also provides an informal networking opportunity.

Seminar 6''s theme was "Women in STEM".  

Getting in and getting on: reflections on gender and careers in STEM Getting in and getting on: reflections on gender and careers in STEM
"Getting in and getting on: reflections on gender and careers in STEM" by Dr Clem Herman

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Speaker: Dr Clem Herman

Title: Getting in and getting on: reflections on gender and careers in STEM

 This talk focused on how gender is understood, enacted and embodied in STEM careers and will outline some of the opportunities, hurdles and strategies that can help women to succeed in STEM careers. I will start with de-bunking some of the myths and stereotypes about women in STEM and go beyond the headline statistics to look at where women are and what they are doing in different STEM sectors and locations. Drawing on my research with women STEM professionals over a number of years, I will focus on two areas. Firstly career entry - how do women get into STEM careers, what are the difficulties and possibilities for new graduates or indeed those changing careers? What are the growth areas (such as AI, Data Science, Cybersecurity), and what jobs will there be in future for mathematically skilled women? Secondly I will look at career strategies including the impact of career breaks and career change, reflecting how women’s careers are often portrayed as ‘frayed’ and deviant from the perspective of a normative STEM career trajectory.

Biography – Dr Clem Herman

Dr Clem Herman is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computing and Communications at the UK Open University, and Director of eSTEeM, the Open University’s Centre for STEM Pedagogy. Throughout her career Clem has led a range of projects to support the participation and progression of women in STEM, and her research on the impact of career breaks and women returners to STEM has been widely published. Clem was an invited expert on the European Commission WiST 2 (Women in Science and Technology) project conducting research into the impact of career breaks on women in engineering and technology companies in Europe, and was an expert witness in 2013 to the House of Commons Select Committee on Women in STEM. Her most recent ESRC funded research project, has been a comparative study of Gender, Skilled Migration and IT in India and the UK. Clem is the Open University’s Athena SWAN Lead and chair of the Gender Equality Steering Group. She is also the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Gender Science and Technology.


For further information or enquiries about the seminar series please contact: womeninmaths@maths.lse.ac.uk

Acknowledgements: The Women in Mathematics seminars have been supported by funding from the LSE Teaching and Learning Development Fund.