What is Bristol Girls Make It?

Bristol Learning City has joined a network of organisations that are active in the field of education in primary schools, including the Lord Mayor’s Office, Ablaze, At-Bristol Science Centre, Knowle West Media Centre, Bristol City Council and Family Learning, to shape and lead the Bristol Girls Make It campaign.

Together the organisations are working towards a vision of equal career opportunities for all through:

  • Supporting and encouraging the uptake of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects and careers by girls and women
  • Putting girls and achievement in STEM at the heart of the conversation about careers
  • Challenging stereotypes and raising awareness of the issues and opportunities for girls
  • Promoting advice and guidance about careers and qualifications.

The target audience of the Bristol Girls Make It campaign are girls in Bristol primary schools in Years 5 and 6 living in areas of deprivation, though the ideas and approach will have significance for other groups underrepresented within the current STEM workforce.

Bristol Girls Make It! Special Launch Event

Bristol Girls Make It launched on Thursday 17 March 2016 at At-Bristol Science Centre. The breakfast seminar and networking event, held during British Science Week (11 – 20 March), was an opportunity to examine the current situation and look at the challenges and the opportunities for girls and women in STEM. Guest speakers included the Lord Mayor, Clare Campion-Smith; Dr Kathy Fawcett from At-Bristol and Professor Alice Roberts.

We caught up with Professor Alice Roberts at the  launch event and captured this great video:

If you are interested in being part of Bristol Girls Make It, we would be grateful if you could complete a short, preliminary survey to help us focus the work of the campaign.

There is much gender stereotyping, often unintended, towards STEM subjects and careers, so it will be fantastic to hear your ideas and comments on how we can work towards equal opportunities for all.

To complete the short survey click here.

Thank you!