Women In STEM That You’ve Probably Never Heard Of But Should Have

You'll want to get acquainted with these names.


by Arianna Chatzidakis |
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The number of women that work in STEM - the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics - has seen an increase over time, with more young women choosing to pursue careers in these traditionally male-dominated areas.

While you might have heard of some of the more famous women in STEM, like Marie Curie and Rosalind Franklin, you might not be so acquainted with the below women. Each are trailblazers within STEM fields, and are paving the way for a more gender-balanced industry. Get to know some of them below - you won't be disappointed...


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Anisah Osman Britton: Founder of Coding School For Women 23 Code Street

Anisah Osman Britton is one young entrepreneur on a mission to address the tech industry's issue with gender diversity. She's founded 23 Code Street - a coding school specifically for women - where every paying UK student funds a coding lesson for a disadvantaged student in India.The school's mission is to 'get as many women as possible excited about code, minimise the gender gap and, in turn, diversify the scene.' To achieve this, Anisah runs a number of part-time courses, many lasting 12 weeks, which promise to give students the skills that they need to become developers. So definitely check out her website if you're keen to learn some new tech skills.

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Florence Adepoju: Founder of MDMflow

Florence Adepoju drew on her science background (she studied cosmetic science at London College of Fashion), to build a beauty empire. Her makeup line, MDMflow, initially started out as a kind of science experiment in her back garden, and now, it's stocked in Boots and Harvey Nichols.From whipping up handmade lipsticks using the latest colour technology, to creating what beauty expert's have described as the greatest mascara of the decade, Florence has achieved a lot in her short time in the science and beauty industries.

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Kathryn Parsons: Co-founder of Decoded

If you're looking for someone in the tech industry to look up to, Kathryn Parsons is your woman. She co-founded Decoded, a tech startup which aims to increase digital literacy, especially amongst women. Decoded run a range of classes, covering everything from artificial intelligence to blockchain, and over time, Kathryn has become a poster woman for the technology industry.

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Dr Ozak Esu: Electrical Engineer

An Electrical Engineer and this year's winner of the Institution of Engineering and Technology's Young Woman Engineer of the Year award, Dr Ozak Esu is an expert in the field. She told *The Debrief *'that STEM is a broad industry with rewarding career opportunities for every young woman interested in solving real world problems nationally and internationally.' Noted!

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Gemma Milne: Science Writer and Podcaster

Gemma Milne is a bit of a wiz when it comes to science content. She's written a tonne of articles on the topic for leading titles, like The Guardian and the BBC, and she's also the Co-Founder of Science: Disrupt - an organisation connecting the innovators, iconoclasts & entrepreneurs intent on creating change in science.

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Roma Agrawal: The Woman Behind The Shard

Haven't heard of Roma Agrawal? Well, she's only the women behind the making of the Shard. After gaining a degree in physics, spent six years working on designing the tallest building in Western Europe, working on everything from the foundations to the Spire. She's also been an affiliate of the Institution of Engineering and Technology's Young Woman Engineer of the Year programme, too. Basically, she's a structural engineering wizard.

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Rachel Skinner: VP at The Institution of Civil Engineers

As the Head of Development for WSP - one of the world's leading engineering professional services firms - Rachel Skinner heads up a team of 950 people. And that's no small feat. She's a trail-blazer in the engineering field, and is currently Vice President at the Institution of Civil Engineers. Talk about career goals.

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Ellie Wilson: Instrumentation and Control Technician

Having completed a four year apprenticeship, Ellie is now responsible for installing and maintaining all instrumentation and control systems on site, and she's the only female technician in the company. She's really aware that oil and gas careers are male-dominated, and so doesn't want women be deterred by this. Her words of widsom? Simply: 'young women need to be made aware of the many career avenues that can be pursued through STEM. Being involved in stem industry means you will be at the forefront of designing and shaping the future, which is the most exciting place to be.'

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This article originally appeared on The Debrief.

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