Only 12.8% of the STEM workforce in the UK are women and this simply isn't good enough.
We are proud ScienceGRRls at the Science Ceilidh Band and we are careful to promote equality and diversity in our work in schools and events, and we'd like you to consider supporting the organisation, finding out more, and maybe even becoming a cheeky ScienceGRRl yourself!
In 2016, we held an event called 'Music and The Geek' that fundraised for Science GRRl. In 2015, we ran a Science Ceilidh for International Women's Day with ScienceGRRl Glasgow Chapter, along with Glasgow Science Centre and Bright Club Glasgow.
Our evaluation of the event based from 54 responses out of the 150 people who came, suggests the following key points:
- Audiences found the event very enjoyable (Mean: 4.72/5), informative about ScienceGRRL (3.92/5), though only modestly educational (3.57/5).
- Audience members were generally young adults, with 88.5% of the audience 30 or under. In those surveyed, there was a good split of genders (56% females).
- The ceilidh were largely new to both gender equality and ScenceGRRL events, with either 70.4 or 67.0 never, or rarely, having gone to Gender Equality or ScienceGRRL events respectively. 36.2% never, or rarely, went to science events more generally (contrasting with 39.6% for arts).
- For comparison, 32.0% of audience members can be described as the science “converted” (either attending very often or often) compared to 47.2% for arts, and only 16.9% for gender equality events themselves.