In today’s WDD, we bring you the good news that more women have entered the STEM industries over the past 40 years than any other field. Elsewhere, Jeremy Corbyn has backed calls for a statue of women’s rights trailblazer Mary Wollstonecraft, a decidedly sleazy video game has been banned by Sony and a new report shows how domestic violence is underreported.
More women entered STEM over the past 40 years than any other field
Ahead of International Women’s Day, LinkedIn has revealed that more women entered the science, technology, maths and engineering (STEM) industries in the last four decades than any other field.
The careers platform analysed the profiles of 540 million LinkedIn users from around the world and looked at each person’s first job after graduating from university. Researchers then compared the profiles of women who entered the workforce between 1978 and 1987 to those who started their careers between 2008 and 2017 to see how the decades differed.
The analysis concluded that more women moved into STEM roles than any other industry, and there had been a significant rise in female STEM leaders like Sheryl Sandberg. However, not all STEM careers attracted women at the same rate. For example, women made up over 20% of software developers on LinkedIn, but the number of female data analysts dropped by more than 10% over the 40 years analysed.
“One of the key aspects to closing the gender gap is identifying where we have made progress so we can use those areas as examples to guide us in providing more opportunities for women and tackling current day challenges related to the hiring gap,” LinkedIn’s senior data scientist Nick Eng told CNBC.
Read more on the research here.
Jeremy Corbyn calls for statue of feminist pioneer Mary Wollstonecraft
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has backed a campaign for a statue of Mary Wollstonecraft, widely regarded as one of the world’s first feminist writers.
Wollstonecraft is best known for her 1792 book A Vindication of the Rights of Women, which made the radical (for its time) argument that women were held back by a lack of education and were not inherently inferior to men.
In a letter to The Guardian, Corbyn and men working in fields including politics, business, entertainment and academia said that the writer and philosopher should be immortalised with a statue in Newington Green, north London, where she lived and worked in the late 18th century. “Please join our call to break the ‘bronze ceiling’ and celebrate the extraordinary life and legacy of Mary Wollstonecraft,” they wrote.
More than 80 female public figures had already called for a statue of Woolstonecraft to be erected in London.
Read more on this story at iNews.
Women’s Aid warns that domestic abuse is still under-reported in England
A report by the domestic abuse charity Women’s Aid has found that the crime is still significantly under-reported in England, despite there being an increase in the number of offences recorded by police.
Police in England have seen a 60% rise in recorded incidents of domestic abuse offences since 2015. However, a new survey of abuse survivors conducted by Women’s Aid showed that less than half of women who experience abuse go to police.
Just 28% of women using community-based domestic abuse services reported that they had been abused, while 43.7% of women using refuges had gone to police about the abuse they suffered.
Katie Ghose, the chief executive of Women’s Aid, said that while the increase in police recordings of domestic abuse offences was heartening, more still needed to be done. “The police have made significant progress in transforming their response to tackling domestic abuse, but for some women the barriers to reporting to the police or proceeding with a prosecution will remain insurmountable,” she said.
The government is due to begin consulting on its domestic abuse bill on International Women’s Day.
Read more on this story at The Guardian.
Sony bans game that ‘teaches’ men how to pick up women
A PlayStation 4 game designed to teach male players how to pick up women will no longer be released by Sony, after it was criticised for being “slimy” and promoting “toxic behaviours”.
Originally set to go on sale on Tuesday, Super Seducer features live-action sequences in which the game’s creator – a self-proclaimed “seduction guru” and pick-up artist – gropes and attempts to kiss women he has just met. These are depicted as interactions to avoid if you want to attract women, in contrast to recommended strategies such as discussing immigration and telling a woman she looks “artistic”.
Games reviewer Ellen Rose told BBC News that the game promotes the view, held by many PUAs (pick up artists), that specific behaviours and lines are guaranteed to attract women. “It’s not good to sell a product that pushes the idea that women are things that you can press the right buttons to win,” she said.
The game will still be available to buy on some other platforms apart from PlayStation 4.
Read more on this story here.
Throughout 2018, Stylist is raising the profiles of brilliant women past and present – and empowering future generations to follow their lead – with our Visible Women campaign. See more from Visible Women here.
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