British Minister for Women Joan Ruddock urged 600 young women to consider careers in science and technology. Rudock spoke at a conference organized by Gresham College in the City and the Girls School Association.
Ruddock said, “We want girls, not just to have jobs but to have real careers in science, engineering and technology. We want to see that women are equal and that means in public life and on public bodies.”
Currently, only 21% of girls in Britain are taking high-level physics classes and only 16% are enrolled for computing courses. Ruddock said, “These skill shortages can probably only be filled if you girls get in there and get the education required. The statistics are very troubling indeed because we are a technological society and we need to compete in the world.”