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Our research explores business issues with a gender lens and covers everything that impacts women attraction and progression into certain sectors
industries and into leadership positions.

We conduct our research to help businesses develop a deeper understanding of the real challenges women face in their sectors and to share best practice.

Bridging the Gender Gap
In STEM Report Launch!​

Why is there such a gender imbalance in the STEM workforce? What are the barriers to greater diversity? How can we lead the charge to redress the balance?

From June to October 2018, FL conducted the Bridging the Gender Gap in STEM Survey;in partnership with BASF, United Utilities, NG Bailey, Ada, the National College for Digital Skills, Yorkshire Water and GKN Aerospace. We asked these very questions and more beside; to determine how we can improve the sector’s diversity and increase the incredibly low representation of women from the current 14.4 percent in the UK.


This year’s report therefore focused on the attraction and retention of women in STEM. We wanted to hear from people in STEM themselves – to discover their thoughts and ideas on increasing and encouraging diverse talent in the sector.


We received an astounding 1,653 survey submissions, reaching even more people in STEM than 2017’s inaugural reporting. FL would like to thank everyone who took the time to take the survey, with your help, we can use the results to affect real and lasting change for gender equality in the sector.


Please share the report as widely within your STEM circle as possible. We want to get the word out about the current status quo for women in STEM and get as much conversation going as possible around the future of diversity in the sector.


If you would like to get in touch to discuss partnership and next year’s survey, please contact: enquiries@forwardladies.com

STEM For Juniors

What is STEM? Grown-Ups in STEM quiz.

Bridging the Gender Gap in STEM

What are women saying about working in STEM?

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