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Emma Howell inspires the next generation of female scientists

3 July 2013

Emma Howell has run a workshop at the Skirting Science event at Broadoak College in Weston on challenging gender stereotypes using social media. The event was attended by 200 female Year 9 students from secondary schools.

Emma Howell has run a workshop at the Skirting Science event at Broadoak College in Weston on challenging gender stereotypes using social media. The event was attended by 200 female Year 9 students from secondary schools in the local area who were chosen for their potential to progress to university and study a science subject. Skirting Science aims to address the gender imbalance in certain science careers. It helps girls make informed decisions about these careers and it gives the girls a chance to meet science role models. Each science professional delivers a workshop which provides a hands-on insight into what it is like being a scientist.

Emma's workshop focused on challenging gender stereotypes using social media. Emma discussed the issues surrounding women in science, why it is a problem and how it might be fixed. Emma then showed the girls thecontroversial European Union women in science promotional video and the the parody version created by TARG and encouraged discussion about the two videos. Finally, Emma discussed social media and how it can be used positively in these types of campaigns and how the girls themselves might approach a campaign promoting women in science.

Emma's session was well-received by the secondary school girls, with one attendee, Darcy King saying, “The part about the impact of social media was the best session for me, because Emma Howell from Bristol University seemed really passionate about what she was showing and it was fun so it was very engaging.”

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