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Happy International Women’s Day! #IWD2018

Today is International Women’s Day, which celebrates the incredible achievements of women across the world and marks a call to action on issues of gender equality.

Some of the important topics that should be discussed on International Women’s Day, in addition to gender equality, are girls and women in leadership, personal and family safety, poverty, access to education and empowerment.

There is a great range of school resources available on the IWD website that may be useful for teaching your students about inspirational female role models, such as Malala Yousafzai and JK Rowling, and encouraging them to think about how to challenge issues with gender inequality and bias.

International Women's Day - TeachStarter Resources for Schools

Women and girls are still under-represented in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) education and careers, particularly in Physics, Engineering and Maths. Only 35% of girls choose to study STEM subjects in further education, and fewer still move into and thrive in a STEM career.

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we brought Year 10 students to Horizon Discovery for a STEM outreach day, ensuring that there were an equal number of female and male participants. They had the opportunity to meet some fantastic female role models in a variety of jobs, from scientists to marketing or HR specialists. Click here to read more about the activity day.

The event was led by our colleagues Molly and Anna, who are both inspiring young women in their early careers. Together they run Cambridge LaunchPad, our largest STEM outreach programme which aims to excite, enthuse and encourage more young people, particularly girls and young women to consider STEM careers. Get in touch with Anna at to find out more about Cambridge LaunchPad.

We are also ecstatic that the Cambridge News and Cambridge Magazine has recognised our Co-founders Anne Bailey and Michaela Eschbach and Non-Executive Director Jane Paterson-Todd as some of the most inspirational businesswomen in Cambridge. The list also included Caroline Hyde, Managing Director of Allia who are huge supporters of Form the Future and the other social enterprises housed at the Future Business Centre.

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